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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 141 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 316. 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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    Could cute nickname Gertie, remembered as cute five-year-old Drew Barrymore in E.T. , revive the long shunned Gertrude? It's tempting to dismiss Gertrude as a name on its way through the door mar... Read More 

  • Gladys

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    Hard as it might be to believe, Gladys was the Harper of 1900, emerging almost out of nowhere to take the naming world by storm, becoming a favorite among parents--and writers of romantic Edwardian... 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, and parents are choosing it as a standalone ... Read More 

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