12 Amazing Saints’ Names

that may shock the priest

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.

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JH Says:

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!

Sorceress Says:

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.

Lo Says:

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.

SimoneKadele Says:

April 10th, 2015 at 10:10 am

Really love Everild and Thais!!

Mischa Says:

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

senseandsensibility Says:

April 10th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

I really like Endellion. And Thais has surprisingly nice sound.

vintageluvs Says:

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.

MissusAytch Says:

April 10th, 2015 at 5:04 pm

My favorite list in a long time. I love almost all). Most are even wearable. Great stuff.

Giinkies Says:

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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April 11th, 2015 at 8:59 am

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April 11th, 2015 at 10:15 am

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ashthedreamer Says:

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.

kmprew12 Says:

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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