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  1. #1
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    Sep 2016
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    Question 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!

    Abilius
    Achillas
    Ambrose
    Apollonia
    Clement
    Cyril
    Demetrius
    Dionysius
    Epimachus
    Eucarius/Acculus
    Eugraphos
    Eulogius
    Euphrosyne
    Eutychius
    Evangelius
    Faustus
    Hermogenes
    Leonides
    Leucius
    Macarius
    Mark
    Mary
    Maximus
    Menas
    Nemesius
    Pansophius
    Pantaenus
    Peter
    Philemon
    Plutarch
    Polycarp
    Rhais/Raisa
    Serapion
    Severus
    Syncletica
    Theodocianus
    Theodora
    Theonas
    Theophilus

  2. #3
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    Girl:
    Evangeline/a (Evangelius)
    Cynthia (Syncletica)
    Philippa/Pippa (Philemon)
    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)
    Demetria (Demetrius)
    Petra/Petrina (feminine form of Peter)
    Mina (another spelling of Menas)
    Maxine (Maximus)
    Leona/Leigh (Leonides)
    Penelope (Panteanus)
    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
    Amber (Ambrosius)
    Sarah/Sara (Serpion)
    Cleo (Clement)
    Hermione (Hermogenes)
    Lucia (Leucius, pronounced Lou-sha…or however you want)
    Sophia/Sophie (PanSOPHIus)
    Marian/May/Marley (Mary)

    Boys:
    Geoffrey/Oliver/Humphrey (mean “Clement” or “Peace/Calm”)
    Dimitri/Dima (Demetrius)
    Evander/Evan/Van/Vander/Vaughn/Vance (Evangelius)
    Philip (Philemon/Theophilus)
    Marcus (Macarius/Mark)
    Ty/Tyler (Eutychius)
    Leonard/Leonardo (Leonides)
    Denis (Dionysius in many other languages)
    Theo (pronounced Thee-oh or Tay-oh)
    Leo (Leonides)
    Lucius (A more familiar spelling of Leucius)

  3. #5
    Girls:
    Abby-from Abilius
    Cara-from Eucarius
    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

    Boys:
    Dez-from Leonides
    Marcel-it and Mark are both variants of Marcellus
    Maxen-Welsh form of Maximus
    Pierce-derived from Piers, the English variation of Peter

    Either:
    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, Hermione
    Ava

    Cecily Jane•Evangeline Sibyl•Tessa Rosemary

    Annabelle/Claudia/Lydia/Mary-Clare/Victoria

    Cole Henry•Gabriel James•Rhys Andrew

    Asher/Conor/Levi/Seth/Simon

  4. #7
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    Sep 2016
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    You are my new heroines dolliegirl and ciarafinley!

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