12 Amazing Saints’ Names

April 9, 2015 Abby Sandel

Not so long ago, Catholic families were all but required to give their children saints’ names – yet another reason why Mary and John were long-time Number 1 choices in the US. While that rule no longer applies, plenty of parents like the idea of sticking to tradition. If you’re among those families, good news – there are more than 10,000 saints, and plenty of them have names that are downright stylish – as well as spiritually significant.


Apollo is a major figure in the Greek pantheon, and the name Gwen Stefani recently chose for her youngest son. But in the fourth century, Apollo was the name of an Egyptian Christian who lived as a hermit in the desert. Later in life, he became the abbot of a monastery. An exemplary life and a stylish name? Hard to argue with that.

About the author


Abby Sandel is nameberry's Senior Editor and resident Name Sage. Look for her baby name news round-ups every Monday, and her Name Sage columns on Wednesdays. Abby is the creator of the baby name blog Appellation Mountain and mom to Alex and Clio. For a chance to have your questions answered, contact Abby at

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