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Saints' Names for Girls

Saints' names are still required for a Roman Catholic baptism, but beyond religious strictures, you might be interested in saints as inspirational namesakes or as a source of unusual ancient names. This list includes a range of saints' names for girls, from the classic to the cool to the rarely-heard.
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  • Frances

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    Frances, a soft and gentle classic, last popular a hundred years ago, seems to be on the cusp of a possible revival, along with other such neglected quiet and serious names. It's been chosen in re... Read More 

  • Gabrielle

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    The quintessentially elegant and worldly Gabrielle -- designer Coco Chanel's real name -- is just beginning its descent after years on the rise; Gabrielle fell down to 129 this year.  Read More 

  • Gemma

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    Gemma is a jewel of a name, an Italian classic that was very popular in 1980s England, but has only recently been started to be used here; it entered the list in 2008, and is already at 317. Comin... Read More 

  • Genevieve

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    Genevieve is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to retain the gen sound but is tired of all the overused Jen names. The medieval saint Genevieve, patroness of Paris, defended the city against At... Read More 

  • Georgia

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    Georgia is so rich, lush and luscious, it's almost irresistible. Georgia's now a rising star among the feminizations of George, helped by associations with the southern state (named for British Kin... Read More 

  • Germaine

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    Linked to the early days of feminism via Germaine Greer, this saint's name feels neither French nor German enough.  Read More 

  • Gertrude

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    Enormously popular a hundred years ago but feels as heavy as lead today. Though we must admit, nickname Gertie sounded kind of cute on the young Drew Barrymore in E. T.  Read More 

  • Gladys

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    The cat's meow a century ago, featured in many romantic Edwardian novels, and now anything but. Shows no signs yet of making a comeback. It's been associated in the U.S. with singer Gladys Knight. Read More 

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  • Gwen

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    While Gwen may have originated as a short form of Gwendolen, these days, it usually stands on its own. Rocker Gwen Stefani has given it a shot of cool. Might also be short for Guinevere or Gwendolyn. Read More 

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