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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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  • 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, for the n... 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 thirty-five years, is now at its highest point since 1956; 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, but now is used very quietly, though still hanging in on the Top 1000. Hugh has always been particularly prevalent among the Iris... 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 sev... Read More 

  • Isaac

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    Isaac has shaved off his biblical beard and leaped into the Top 30, where it's been for the past few years--outrunning cousin Isaiah--and showing signs of heading even higher. A favorite of the Pu... Read More 

  • Isidore

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    Isabel and Isadora are back: could it now be time for a more widespread revival of Isidore? A common ancient Greek name belonging to several saints--including Saint Isidore the Ploughman, patron s... 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 g... 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 primaril... Read More 

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