Bizarre saints' names
I was looking up saints' names and realized I had to collect some of them to share, especially for those of you always looking for truly unusual and ancient names.
Not all of these are female names but most of them sound feminine to the modern ear. (Except Mucus. I just had to keep that in because... Mucus.)
How usable most of these are would be a matter of debate, but there are a few - Adela, Besinta, Cinnia - that are quite wearable.
Fantastic list. It left off beauties like Barsanuphius and Cunegonde. :) I always wondered if ny children born on these name days were christened with these treasures. And if so, if their moms gritted their teeth each time they called it out.
I love the list.
Here's one for you: Alphonsa. First Indian saint. Full name: Saint Alphonsa Muttathupadathu
Mucus and Sexburga made me laugh! But Ramona and Ingrid aren't too unusual, and Lea isn't very bizarre thank you very much... lol :D
Tell me you got bored and added Sexburga just to see if anyone was still reading. Sexburga, that's bad. Some of these are quite cool if a bit of a mouthfull. Thanks for sharing.
Originally Posted by nelliedellie
Unfortunately, I have come across Sexburga on several early census records before - such an unfortunate name lol.
This is a great list, thanks for sharing!
Great list - thank you!
I'm loving Arilda, Crescentia, Dafrosa (I think. Can't tell if it's fabulous, or if it sounds too much like a Daphne-Rosa hybrid) Ebba, Enda, Eremberta, Etheldred/a (an old favorite) Euthalia, Everild, Flavia (though it makes me think of Latin textbooks- Flavia et Cornelia..) Illuminata, Iraya, Ita, Laurentia, Lucillian, Lucina, Mabyn, Merewenna, Monessa, Namadia, Nouna, Perrine, Psura (silent P?!), Quinta, Rosula, Sancta, Ulphia, Veridiana (!!), Vincentia, Wilfrida, Zaina
And YRIEX! What on earth. Bananas. Love it.
Love it. Florentine and Aurelia are nice. Clotilde could nn to Chloe. Lucina is nice too.
Funny you should post this. I go to a Catholic college and today while waiting for my bus, I came across a plaque dedicated to many of the Sisters who had worked at the school. I was struck by many of the names and had to copy them down to put on Nameberry! Here they are:
Carmela, Cabrini, Lea, Neonilla, Alexine, Magdalena, Gretchen, Chrysostom, Edmunda, Roberta, Fanchon, Leonarda, Antoinetta, Bibiana, Laetitia, Loretto, Regina, Simplicia, Marella, Bernarda, Angelica, Irmina, Levinna, Xaveria, Clotilde, Anacleta, Domitilla, Phyllis, Honora, Catalina, Rosaire, Etheldreda, Wilfredine, Theonilla, Catherita, Josephina, Fidelma, Rosalba, Romuald, Davidica, Blandina, Lucilla, Bernice, Ellenice, Marysia, Athanasia, Zita, Leonilla, Rosenda, Borgia, Huette, Modwena, Philotheus, Ernesta, Consuelo, Celestina, Clementine, Francille, Denisita, Myra, Alicette, Andrene, Alphonsine, Melmarie, Camella, Florice, Felician, Albertina, Macaria, Savina, Marynia, Hildegarde, Clarona, Euphrasia, Charlesetta, Lumena, Mercedes, Carmeline, Marianna, Therezon, Macrina, Thecla, Rosita, Ricarda, Philomene, Louisella
How many do you think are usable?
I quite like a lot of these, actually! I think quite a few more could be wearable, like Alodia, Ariadne, Aurelia, Edana, Elia, Fara, Flavia, Ida, Inez, Ingrid, Irene, Kateri, Lea, Marcelina, Marciana, Melania, Nicola, Odilia, Petra, Roa, Romana, Rosalia, Susina, Zaina...and possibly a couple of others. Great list!