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Here's proof that you can find saints' names that go way beyond the stodgy Anne or Francis. Following is a selection of some of the coolest saints' names for babies.
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  • Flora

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    Flora, the name of the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, who enjoyed eternal youth, is one of the gently old-fashioned girls' flower names we think is due for a comeback--alongside cousins Cora ... 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 

  • Hyacinth

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    Though it may not be as sweet and gentle as, say, Violet, the purple-hued Hyacinth still might hold some appeal for the parent seeking a truly exotic flower name. In Greek mythology Hyacinthus w... 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 

  • Joaquina

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    As Joaquin enters the American mainstream, his sister might just follow.  Read More 

  • Jonah

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    Jonah, the name of the Old Testament prophet who was swallowed by the whale, only to emerge unharmed three days later, is increasingly appreciated by parents looking for a biblical name less common... Read More 

  • Julian

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    Julian is a rising star, having overcome the somewhat pale, aesthetic image it projected in the past and become a solid, handsome, recommended choice, and now solidly in the Top 50. Julian has num... Read More 

  • Kieran

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    Long popular in Ireland and England, Kieran, the name of Ireland's first-born saint and twenty-five other saints, has been building its U.S. fan base. Strong and attractive, with a fashionable Iri... Read More 

  • Lelia

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    A rare and delicate choice, Lelia is a modern variation of an ancient Roman family name. It came to Britain in the mid-nineteenth century, following the publication of George Sand's popular romanti... Read More 

  • Lorcan

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    Lorcan is a name rich in Irish history as belonging to several kings, including the grandfather of the most famous high king of Ireland, Brian Boru. Lorcan O'Toole, known in English as Laurence O'T... Read More 

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