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September 2nd, 2016 06:39 PM #1Junior Member
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Help us continue the pattern!
When we started choosing names, we adopted a pattern of names in honor of a patron saint from a particular place/school. We liked that the saints shared relationships and commonality with each other and we hoped our children would be graced and inspired by the relationships their patrons enjoyed.
We never anticipated that we'd have the number of kids we have and now the list of reasonable names is dwindling! The subcategory of saints whose names are reasonable and whose stories are known and inspiring is even shorter. It's still long enough to provide opportunities, but it is getting harder. I'm most concerned about a girl name as Theodora/Dorothea and Mary along with their common variations are frequently used in our circles, which doesn't leave much for the girls. We only need to use one name from the list in the combo, with the other being a Christian name (Bible, saint, creation, etc along with diminutives, variations, whatever).
My husband and I basically have no overlap in name style as he likes names of people he's met, leaving him feeling familiar with the top popularity from the past. Those are the first names I eliminate. The names we agree on skew toward familiar but uncommon, regal without being pretentious--names roughly similar to Edward Thomas or Margaret Louise, with a little room for whimsy thrown in.
I'm hoping you'll offer some combinations I hadn't considered with diminutives, variations, or versions from other languages; any solid connection between the suggested name and the saint name is great. Surely we can come up with a boy and girl option still! Below are all the saint names that are left. Help!
September 2nd, 2016 09:06 PM #3
Aurelia/Lia (from Aurelius Ambrosius)
Emilia (Ambrosius was consular prefect of Emilia)
Alexandria (Abilius was the bishop of Alexandria, many other saints were also connected such as Achilllas, Apollonia/Pantaenus)
Olive/Olivia/Frieda (means “Clement” or “Peace/Calm”)
Kira (Cyril is Kiro in Greek)
Petra/Petrina (feminine form of Peter)
Mina (another spelling of Menas)
Denise (Denis is Dionysuis in many languages)
Avia/Lark/Robin/Wren/Birdie (Epimachus is a type of bird)
Emma/Amma (very similar to Amma, which was the first name of St. Syncretica)
Fawn (Faustus, might make a cute middle name
Lucia (Leucius, pronounced Lou-sha…or however you want)
Geoffrey/Oliver/Humphrey (mean “Clement” or “Peace/Calm”)
Denis (Dionysius in many other languages)
Theo (pronounced Thee-oh or Tay-oh)
Lucius (A more familiar spelling of Leucius)
September 2nd, 2016 09:42 PM #5Member
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Clementine-from Clement (you've probably thought about this but just in case you haven't)
Frosina-Macedonian form of Euphrosyne
Leola-feminine forms of Leonides
Polly/Poly-diminutive of Apollonian or Polycarp
Marcel-it and Mark are both variants of Marcellus
Maxen-Welsh form of Maximus
Pierce-derived from Piers, the English variation of Peter
Demi-nickname for Demetrius or Demetria
Emrys-Welsh version of Ambrose, a male name that could work on a girl as well
I second: Leo, Leonardo, Theo, Philip Leona, Sera/Sara, HermioneAva
Cecily Jane•Evangeline Sibyl•Tessa Rosemary
Cole Henry•Gabriel James•Rhys Andrew
September 2nd, 2016 09:53 PM #7Junior Member
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You are my new heroines dolliegirl and ciarafinley!