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Saints' Names For Boys

It is tradition in the Roman Catholic Church for a child receiving baptism to be given a saints' name. However, even parents who don't find themselves particularly religious have begun to take interest in the rare, uplifting, and sometimes unheard-of names of saints' for their sons and daughters. This list includes the likes of saints' names for boys.
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  • Simeon

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    Could Simeon be the next Gideon? Parents seeking a less simple form of Simon might consider this biblical one that was chosen by Wynton Marsalis for his son. Simon is actually the Greek substitute... Read More 

  • Sylvester

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    This name of three early popes has been associated in recent years with a cocky cartoon cat ("Thufferin' thuccatash!") and the Italian Stallion hero of the Rocky and Rambo movies (who was born Mich... Read More 

  • Titus

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    Titus, once seen as a slightly forbidding Roman, New Testament, and Shakespearean name, was brought back to contemporary life by the TV series "Titus 2000," and is now, at Number 360, by far the hi... Read More 

  • Tobias

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    Tobias is one of a number of s-ending boys' names that are riding a wave of popularity, now at the midpoint of the Social Security list and poised to rise. With its Old Testament-Dickensian feel, ... Read More 

  • Urban

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    Urban was not an uncommon name through the 1930s (rising as high as Number 435), having been attached to several saints and early popes, but it has completely disappeared from the landscape--both u... Read More 

  • Valentine

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    Valentine is an attractive Shakespearean name with romantic associations, but those very ties to the saint and the sentimental holiday have sent it into a decline, one which we think may be about t... Read More 

  • Vincent

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    Vincent is a name with a complex image; after being quietly used for centuries, it is suddenly seeming stylish, along wih other V names. Even the nickname Vince has been given a reprieve via actor ... Read More 

  • Virgil

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    The name of the greatest Roman poet and an early Irish saint who believed the earth was round, Virgil is rarely heard nowadays, but it retains a certain pleasantly fusty feel and likable southern t... Read More 

  • Wolfgang

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    Chef Wolfgang Puck has helped soften this thunderous Germanic name; music-lovers will appreciate its association with Mozart, though the composer's middle name Amadeus is more appealing.  Read More 

  • Yves

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    On paper, with its stylish ties to fashion legend Yves Saint-Laurent (born Henri), Yves looks great, but the pronunciation--EVE-- could lead to gender confusion. German variation Ivo might be coole... Read More 

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