I happen to have my giant book of saints with me, so here are some saint names should you chose to have a Catholic character.
I hope that helps!
Well, first off I realize that you said you wanted stereotypical Christian names, but then followed it up by saying you're an atheist writing a story about this stereotypically named Christian girl.....so, that doesn't sound so great....doesn't exactly make me want to be super helpful, lol. That's like me saying, "I think I'm gonna write a story mocking atheists, where should I start?" :D
However, taking it not so seriously and in the spirit of the holidays, here's a few lists of names I've heard used extensively among very religious Protestants.
Joyful (yes, not just Joy, Joyful)
Hope / Faith - know sisters with these names
Grace (I know a bazillion Grace's of every age)
I've never met a boy with a virtue name though--guess it's seen as not super masculine by some.
Melody / Harmony (I knew sisters with these names)
I'd say most tend to stay away from the trendy names but they often like to have a link between their kids. I know dozens of families with, say, 5 kids all with B names (Blair, Blake, Bridget, Brianna, Bryan) or something similar. But the majority won't name their kids to get attention so there are a lot of simple names too Anna, Sarah, Jacob, Paul, Adam, Michael, etc.
Also, meaning can be very important:
Caleb Elijah - it means "devoted to Yahweh, for he is God"
Josiah Daniel - it means "God is my healer and my judge"
Micah Emmanuel - it means "who is like the Lord, the God who is with us"
Simeon Ezra - it means "God is listening and will help"
Amos Elisha - it means "carried by God, he is my salvation"
Eve Elizabeth - it means "a life pledged to God"
Rebecca Naomi - it means "servant of God, my joy and my delight"
All that said I think the name Rosary is sorta cool. I've never heard it but it is rather pretty. Not being Catholic I'm not sure how that would be viewed by Catholics---weird? since it's hung around their necks and rubbed often? But it's pretty anyway.
Okay well here are some of my suggestions [I happen to love biblical names, though I am not a Christian myself.]
Mary, Ruth, Martha, Sarah, Hannah, Miriam, Esther, Judith, Susanna, Deborah, Dinah, Hephzibah, Jael, Jedidah, Johanna, Keziah, Keturah, Leah, Moriah, Talitha, Shiphrah, Zipporah, Galilee, Nazarene
Virtue names, some of which were used by the Puritans, some are a little bit more modern.
Faith, Grace, Hope, Joy, Prudence, Temperance, Agape, Chastity, Remembrance, Credence, Fidelity, Modesty, Persevere, Truth, Constance, Purity, Harmony, Mercy, Piety, Rejoice, Prosperity, Patience, Perseverance, Providence, Redeemed, Repentance, Sincere, Verity, Felicity, Deliverance, Flee-Fornication, Be-faithful, Be-thankful, Faith-my-joy, From-above, Honor, Hope-still, Make-peace, Praise-God, Weep-not, Zeal-for-the-Lord. And of course you have names like Trinity though that's not a virtue name.
Samuel, Jacob, John, Isaac, Abram, Amos, Moses, Ezekiel, Jeremiah, Jericho , Elijah, Bartholomew, Caleb, Elisha, Enoch, Ezra, Zephaniah, Hezekiah, Jared, Japheth, Jeriah, Joel, Jordan, Lazarus, Malachi, Manasseh, Micah, Nehemiah, Obadiah, Nicodemus, Tobiah, Zadok, Zebadiah, Zedekiah, Zebedee
Caleb and Simeon are good ones for sounding specifically Christian, to my ear, as they aren't popular amongst Jews, though we do like Simon/Shimon, the Simeon spelling itself is more Christian sounding to me.
I happen to love the sound of Rosario for a girl, though it's too Catholic for me to use IRL.
Thank you all, lots of good suggestions for me to look over! :)
Christian at all, likewise my brother has a Biblical name but my mum's an atheist, so I definitely get most of the time they have nothing to do with each other.
France? If you look at how many kids are giving top 10 names, it's easy to see that many, many people go for very obvious choices, it doesn't necessarily make them something to be ridiculed. And the parents I have in mind are not the kind of people who would stray from tradition or the norm.
Here in Europe most Old Testament names sound very "Protestant Fundamentalist". I know Abigail, Seth, Levi, and Priscilla are traditional names in English but in other languages they sound very strange in a non-jewish person.
For Catholics more than classic popular saints names (Mary, Theresa, Anthony, Frances) it's the "marian" names that sound more religious to me, but these aren't really used in English. Immaculata, Dolores, Fatima, Lourdes, Annunziata, Rosario, and using Maria as a second name for boys.
Neither did I say that you can only write about what you know, though it's certainly easier. And it's also less likely to cause people to react badly to your depiction of certain people groups. Your French example isn't quite on the mark. More to the point would be a Jewish person asking for stereotypical names of Muslims. They might not be writing anything mocking either, but the stereotype is against them when they ask the question.
I'm glad you're not looking to mock Christians (or the French! :)). I agree that stereotypical doesn't have to mean mocking. Stereotypes exist because they are often true, but following stereotypes closely in a story can often feel like a hammer to the brain.
On another note, adding "no offense meant" after an offensive statement doesn't make it less offensive, it only makes it seem passive aggressive. Happy Thanksgiving!
Rosario but I never connected it with rosary! That's awesome. I don't think I could actually ever use the name but I'm putting it on my list anyway because it's so freaking gorgeous.