Behind the Baby Name Saint

Saint West

By Linda Rosenkrantz

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have finally (though it’s only been two days since he was born!) decided on and released the name of their baby boy and it’s Saint, disappointing their legions of fans who had been rooting for Easton.

Saint makes a lot of sense for a son of the artist whose 2013 album was titled Yeezus and contained a song called “I am a God.” Yet baby boy West is not the only secular saint in the celebrisphere. Rocker Pete Wentz called his second son (the first was Bronx Mowgli) Saint Laszlo last year.  Selma Blair used it as her son Arthur’s middle name in 2011 and the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl named his daughter Ophelia Saint.

Saint was among the Defining Names we predicted to be the Number 1 Baby Name Trend of 2015.  Other names on that list included Royal, Noble, and Justice.  On the royalty theme, Kim’s older sister Kourtney named her son Reign a year ago, and names such as King and Duke are on the rise.

Last year, there were 32 baby boy Saints born in the US, but no recorded girls.  Over the past decade, 200 baby boys were named Saint. And lest you think Saint is a modern invention, in 1915 there were 12 baby boys named Saint and six girls.

In the past, Saint has rarely been used on its own, but it’s not that uncommon to be used in combination with another name, as in St. John (pronounced Sinjin). Just last month, politician Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis christened their son St. Julien.

No middle name has been announced yet for Saint West, though Kim has been quoted as saying she was hoping to use the name of her father, Robert Kardashian.

The couple made waves when they named their daughter North two years ago.  Jokes about directional names had been bandied about throughout the pregnancy.

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indiefendi2 Says:

December 7th, 2015 at 5:22 pm

I guessed Messiah but they managed to supersede my expectations. I can’t blame em either.

mckaylalove Says:

December 7th, 2015 at 5:43 pm

I actually remember people liking the name Saint before Kim and Kanye used it. Some people just seem to be jumping on the hate bandwagon.

I actually liked North (though I preferred it on a by) and I like Saint as well, though personally I’d never use it because I’m not Christian.

hanbow Says:

December 7th, 2015 at 6:12 pm

I do think that it suits them and I too am a fan of North! Just one thing though, Kourtney is Kim’s elder sister.

Saint West sounds rather dapper to me anyway

namenerdery Says:

December 7th, 2015 at 6:37 pm

There was a recent thread for this name, and as someone who’d said it wasn’t a good choice for a non-celebrity baby name, this is just hilarious. 😀

missjen Says:

December 7th, 2015 at 6:41 pm

Is it wrong that I love the name North?

LuMary Says:

December 7th, 2015 at 7:34 pm

I like St. John, St. James, St. Christopher etc., but don’t like Saint as a name itself.

jtucker Says:

December 7th, 2015 at 8:26 pm

Saint doesn’t really bother me as a name, it’s not my cup of tea, but compared to the name North West it’s not too terrible. I have seem combos with Saint as a middle that I like, but just not for me to use irl. I do like the name North, for a boy, but not if your last name is a direction as well.

maggiemary Says:

December 8th, 2015 at 9:53 am

I’m looking forward to Saint Wentz and Saint West attending the same school, given their names sound so very similar!

ashbee Says:

December 8th, 2015 at 10:31 am

^haha good point maggiemary. If you abbreviate Saint the name is still directional: SW. So they have North and South.

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jtucker Says:

December 8th, 2015 at 4:31 pm

@ashbee – totally didn’t even pick up on the SW until you pointed it out.

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tfzolghadr Says:

December 10th, 2015 at 7:45 am

Saint is a bit terrible, in my opinion. I mean, it’s just so easy to make fun of. Rhymes with so many things… ain’t. Then “he’s no saint”… Or the irony when he does something wrong. Can you imagine Saint’s mugshot? Saint getting checked into rehab? Come on. St. Julien makes sense to me, as you are honoring a specific person. Saint by itself feels like too much of a label. You could have a whole family… Yeezus, Saint, Sinner, Messiah, Satan… bahahaha… Would have been better to use this name in the middle, and give him something a tad more normal as the first name. But then again, it does feel like less of a joke than North West… 😛

cheekygals Says:

December 15th, 2015 at 10:14 am

Saint West is great. Now look at their initials. NW, SW…. Just like a compass!

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