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.
  • Gunther

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    When it's spelled with two dots over the 'u' in German, Gunther is pronounced GUWN-ter, but it has a much softer sound when the 'h' is voiced by English-speakers, as it was, for example,... Read More 

  • Guy

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    The name of the patron saint of comedians and dancers feels either too upper-crust English to most Americans, or else too everyman for their own little guy. Read More 

  • Henry

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    Henry, after hovering around the latter half of the Top 100 for 35 years, is now at its highest point since World War II. Its stylishness has increased substantially to the point where in upmarket... Read More 

  • Hugh

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    Patrician to the core, Hugh was firmly in the Top 100 until 1903. Now it's used very quietly, though the name is still in the Top 1000.

    Hugh has always been particularly prevalent... Read More 

  • Ignatius

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    Ignatius? Good gracious! This is a name making a truly surprising return, sparked by its selection by not one but two celebrities--Cate Blanchett and Julianne Nicholson.

    Ignatius, the name of... Read More 

  • Isaac

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    Isaac has shaved off his biblical beard and leaped into the Top 35, where it's been for the past few years -- outrunning cousin Isaiah -- and showing signs of heading even higher. A favorite of... Read More 

  • Isidore

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    Isabel and Isadora are back: could it now be time for a more widespread revival of Isidore? In 2014, both Isidore and Isadore were on the list of fastest-rising names in the US.

    A... Read More 

  • Israel

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    Though it was used by the Puritans in the sixteenth century, the founding of the modern Jewish state in 1948 transformed Israel from a traditional favorite into an icon of Judaism,. Still, it was... Read More 

  • Ives

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    Smooth and sleek one-syllable name, sometimes suggested for Sagittarius boys. Read More 

  • Joachim

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    Joachim is an undiscovered biblical name with potential, although most modern parents would probably prefer the more lively Spanish version, Joaquin. Like many Old Testament names, it was... Read More 

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