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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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  • Barnabas

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    Barnabas, whose birth name was Joseph, was one of the earliest Christian disciples in Jerusalem, who undertook missionary journeys with Paul the Apostle, His name is a bit Old World compared to the... Read More 

  • Bartholomew

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    Bartholomew is an apostle's name that's been out of favor for centuries but might appeal again to the parent in search of an old but rare choice. The challenge could be to avoid the Simpson-ish nic... Read More 

  • Basil

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    Although Greek in origin--in the fourth century, a bishop by that name established the principles of the Greek Orthodox Church--Basil for years took on the aura of aquiline-nosed upper-class Britis... Read More 

  • Benedict

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    Parents who like Ben and Benjamin but find those forms too popular sometimes consider Benedict as a more distinctive choice. Unlike the Old Testament Benjamin, Benedict is the name of the saint wh... Read More 

  • Benno

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    Benno is a cool name in its own right -- there was a tenth century Saint Benno -- though it is also used as a lively nickname for Benjamin. Saint Benno of Meissen is the patron saint of anglers and... Read More 

  • Blaise

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    As modern as it sounds, Blaise is an ancient Christian martyr name,and also in Arthurian legend the name of Merlin the Magician's secretary. Its relation to the word and name Blaze gives it a fiery... Read More 

  • Blane

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    Blane is the attractive surname name of an important seventh-century Scottish saint, but is in danger of sounding slightly feminine and soap opera-ish. Blane was the name of the heroine's preppy o... Read More 

  • Brice

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    Brice, often spelled Bryce, is an old saint's name that now has a sleek and sophisticated image-- it feels elegant and efficient. Of the two spellings, Bryce is now the more popular, though either ... Read More 

  • Bruno

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    Bruno is a popular name throughout Europe and South America that deserves more fashion status here. Stylish British cookbook writer Nigella Lawson has a son named Bruno. The versatile singer-songw... Read More 

  • Cassian

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    Cassian is a saints' and Latin clan name, related to Cassius, that is virtually unused and waiting to be discovered. There have been at least four fourth and fifth century St. Cassians, one of who... Read More 

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