12 Amazing Saints’ Names
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.
- 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." >
- Saint Blaise was a fourth century physician, and later bishop of Sebastea. Because he once saved a choking child, it’s believed that St. Blaise can protect against ailments of the throat. Mathematician Blaise Pascal is another famous bearer of the name. In the US, the fiery spelling Blaze is more popular than the saintly Blaise, but both rank in the current Top 1000." >
- Leo and Mateo. We’re also fond of the letter ‘v’, found in Levi and Oliver. Ivo combines those two trends, with a great story, too. The saint was trained as a lawyer in thirteenth century Brittany, but devoted his practice to advocating for the poor." >
- Landry might make you think of football and Louisiana, but there are at least three saints Landry, all from early medieval France. The seventh century Landry of Paris is most famous, for his efforts to establish the first hospital in the city, the Hotel-Dieu de Paris. It’s also heard as a surname. Maybe that’s why it fits right in with stylish choices like Lincoln and Wesley today." >
- Saint Roch was born to a wealthy family in fourteenth century France, but left it all behind to go on pilgrimage. On his travels, he encountered plague, and stopped to nurse the sick in Italy, where he was known as Rocco. His feast day is especially big in Italian-American communities. New York City’s celebration has been observed for over 125 years. Madonna and Guy Ritchie have a Rocco. So do actors Kathryn Morris and Johnny Messner." >
- Saxon name, from the elements wolf and stone. The saint served as bishop of Worcester, opposing the slave trade and serving the poor. In 2015, this name feels quirky and fierce, and nickname Wulf is very on trend." >
- David Cameron’s youngest child was born while he and wife Samantha were vacationing in Cornwall. Her name? Florence Rose Endellion, the bonus middle chosen to honor her birth place. Endellion was a Welsh princess who came to Cornwall to evangelize in the 500s. With possible short forms Ellie, Edie, and Della, Endellion is saintly and rare, but very wearable." >
- Averill. It’s an intriguing alternative to Evelyn, Evangeline, and Everly." >
- Born Maria Gemma Galgani, the nineteenth century Italian Saint Gemma was known for her visions. This name means gem – a good fit with fellow jewelry-box names like Ruby and Pearl. Gemma feels fresher than long-time favorite Emma, at least in the US, where the name is catching on quickly. In the UK, Gemma peaked in the 1990s." >
- Saint Stellamaris. It comes from the Latin phrase “star of the sea,” a title associated with the Virgin Mary. Countless names come from Mary’s various titles, but this smoosh is especially stunning, taking the very popular Stella in an unexpected direction. Blogger and cookbook author Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas has a daughter named Gwen Stellamaris." >
- Saint Thais was a courtesan in fourth century Alexandria who converted to Christianity. Her story was popular in the Middle Ages, and has inspired dozens of works of art and drama since. A handful of girls are given the name every year, but odds are good that your Thais will never meet another." >
- Saint Therese of Lisieux is one of the most beloved saints of recent years. Now both of her parents will be canonized in October. Therese’s mother was born Marie-Azelie, as in azalea, but known as Zelie – rhymes with Keely. If you’re expecting a fall baby, it could be an especially appropriate choice. With Zoe and Zoey, Zara, and Zuri on the rise, Zelie fits right in." >
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on April 9th, 2015 at 11:53 pm
Some of these are very interesting! I especially like Gemma. Another name that I had no idea was a saint name (after 16 years of Catholic school!) was Quentin. I really like it!
on April 10th, 2015 at 3:28 am
When I open the blog post I though – ‘Finally! A blog post about rare names and post NOT about celebrities!’ Bit disappointing, actually, but I eagerly awaits new post about rare names.
on April 10th, 2015 at 9:31 am
Nice topic! I know a new baby Zelie, toddler Blaise, and a friend of a friend with a Gemma. My top choice for a girl is a Stella Maris but I can’t get my hubby on board. I may smush it and use it as a middle.
on April 10th, 2015 at 10:10 am
Really love Everild and Thais!!
on April 10th, 2015 at 11:12 am
When I see an interesting list of names, my mind immediately turns to sibsets and I would love to see some brother and sister duos named…
Wulfstan & Everild
Ivo & Thais
Apollo & Gemma
Blaise & Endellion
on April 10th, 2015 at 12:08 pm
I really like Endellion. And Thais has surprisingly nice sound.
on April 10th, 2015 at 3:41 pm
I’ve always wanted to give my future daughter the middle name Stella Maris. I think it is absolutely beautiful. Other beautiful saint names I adore: Claudia, Engratia, Fabiola, Flavia, and Perpetua.
on April 10th, 2015 at 5:04 pm
My favorite list in a long time. I love almost all). Most are even wearable. Great stuff.
on April 10th, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Landry is far too similar to Laundry. I know a Thais but you’re correct in saying she’s never met anyone else with her name.
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on April 12th, 2015 at 9:02 pm
I like Everild and Zelie a lot! But no matter how I stretch it I can’t see how Zelie (especially the traditional Zélie, which comes from Azélie, from what I have heard) sounds like Keely. I’ve always heard it said like ZAYH (not quite ZAY and not quite ZEH–sort of inbetween)-lee.
For what it’s worth, my favorite saint name is Odilia (also Lucia, but Odilia is rarer). I love the story that she was blind but received her sight when she was baptized.
on April 15th, 2015 at 11:04 am
We have a Zelie and like a lot of other faithful Catholics we pronounce it Zay-lee. It is such a lovely name and we’re thrilled to see Bl Zelie Martin getting the love she deserves.
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