Patron Saints: Guardians for your little angel

How would you like a little extra special protection added to the other assets of your baby’s name?  Patron saints are guardians over particular aspects of life—they can defend against an illness, or look out for people practicing a certain occupation or other interest.  Sometimes these assignments were set centuries ago, others have been made more recently, as in the cases of ecology, advertising, computer technicians and television.  Here are some of the most usable and interesting patron saint names, with their special areas of protection.

Girls

Adelaidecan be invoked against in-law problems; protects parents of large families, stepparents, widows, abuse victims

AgathaSaint Agatha of Sicily is the patron of  nursing mothers, glass workers and cloth makers, and a protector against breast disease, fire, earthquakes, burns, and volcanic eruptions.

Agnesis a protector of young girls, Girl Scouts

Apolloniaprotects against toothaches, and is the patron saint of dentists

Bernadinepatron saint of advertising

Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians, composers, poets and church music because as she was dying she sang to God, and as the musicians played at her wedding she “sang in her heart to the Lord

Clare Clare of Assisi was named patron of television because one Christmas when she was too ill to leave her bed she saw and heard a Christmas Mass that was taking place miles away.

Clotildeprotector of adopted children

Colette St. Colette is the patron saint of those who have lost parents

Columbaa patron saint of poets

Dorothypatron of florists, gardeners, midwives, brides, newlyweds and brewers

Genevieve –a protectress against fever, disasters, and excessive rain

Helenapatron saint of archaeologists

Lidwina—protectress of ice skaters

Lucy –since her name means light, her patronage extends over all areas of vision, both spiritual and physical; also electricians, farmers, and the blind

Matildapatron saint of large families, second marriages, widows and disappointing children

 Solangerain

 Vivian/Bibianaprotects against hangovers and headaches

 Winifredpatron saint of payrolls/payroll clerks

Boys

Ambrose–patron saint of learning, students and school children, orators, stone cutters,  domestic animals, beekeepers, and the city of Milan.  St. Ambrose was famous for his rhetoric and learning.

Augustine  St. Augustine,  the highly influential philosopher and theologian, is the patron saint of printers, theologians and brewers.

Barnabus St. Barnabus can be invoked for peace

Benedicta  patron saint of architects , bachelors, and the mentally ill

Blaisepatron saint of builders and wind musicians; also can be invoked against throat diseases and whooping cough

Claudeprotector of sculptors

Corneliusprotects against earaches

Cosmos and Damiantwins  patrons of hospitals, dentists, eye doctors, druggists, midwives and candy makers (candy makers and dentists??)

Crispin and Crispinian — twin patron saints of cobblers, tanners, and leather workers (and maybe shoe fanatics?).  Born to a noble Roman family, they fled persecution for their faith,  preaching Christianity to the Gauls and making shoes by night.

FlorianSaint Florian is the protector of fire fighters, and protects against floods, and any other danger from water

FrancisFrancis de Sales, who invented a sign language for the deaf, is the patron saint of editors, journalists and writers; Francis of Assisi, a patron of animals, merchants, and ecology.  (That’s him, fulfilling the animal side of his duties, in the picture.)

Isidorepatron of computer users, technicians

Ivo/Yves the patron of lawyers, judges, jurors, notaries—and abandoned children

JudeSaint Jude is the patron saint of desperate situations and of hospitals. 

Lukepatron saint of artists, doctors, jewelers

Magnus —protector of crops

Raphaelthe archangel Raphael has a heavy load: his patronage includes lovers, travelers, young people, nurses, apothecaries, eye problems, nurses and mental illness

ValentineSaint Valentine is not only the guardian of engaged couples, lovers, happy marriages , young people, and bee keepers, he protects against epilepsy, fainting and plague.

Zeno Zeno is the patron saint of fishermen, newborn babies and children learning to speak and walk.

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Poppy528 Says:

February 2nd, 2012 at 1:18 am

I just love the name Valentine. It’s good to know bee keepers are well represented.

dillonsfan01 Says:

February 2nd, 2012 at 1:23 am

Ooh I love pretty much all of these. My favorite blog post yet!

CassieCake Says:

February 2nd, 2012 at 2:16 am

I needed St. Vivian last Saturday. Haha, I love Vivian, jude and Florian!

Jwilson Says:

February 2nd, 2012 at 7:05 am

Thanks for the post. I’m also happy to see my daughters patron saint on the list.

pam Says:

February 2nd, 2012 at 7:53 am

Dillonsfan, Linda wrote this wonderful post, but it did bring back my early name love which I think was ignited by all the great saints’ names from my Catholic girlhood — they opened this window into this exotic world far from the contemporary New Jersey populated by run-of-the-mill Kathys and Susans (and Pams). Plus the nuns got to rename themselves from this pool and could even mix boys’ names in there! Pretty radical…

thetxbelle Says:

February 2nd, 2012 at 8:29 am

Genevieve is also the patron saint of Paris.

Lola Says:

February 2nd, 2012 at 9:03 am

As a former Catholic myself, I’m partial to many Saint’s names. My name-nerdiness started long before Church, but still, the places those names took me!

Clothilde & Ambrose are top favorites of mine. Used Ambrose as Simon’s middle because it was his Great Uncle’s name, but the Patron Saint doesn’t hurt one bit!

I like a lot of these, fantastic post! 😀

PeachThePrincess Says:

February 2nd, 2012 at 9:09 am

Raphael is my favorite one – and has the feminine variations Raphaella and Raphaelle.

miloowen Says:

February 2nd, 2012 at 11:48 am

I remember as a child being so jealous of my two closest friends because they got to choose names (their confirmation names) and I didn’t! My best friend fought tooth and nail for St Bernardette, but her priest at St Catherine of Siena’s was so opposed she ended up with Catherine….

One of the things I miss most, having left Brooklyn, are the parades for St Anthony and St Joseph.

My favourite girl’s saint’s name is Eulalia, the patron child saint of Barcelona and Catalunya. My favourite boys’ saints’ names are St David, patron saint of Wales, and St George, patron saint of England and Greece.

Mischa Says:

February 2nd, 2012 at 11:51 am

These saint names bring back many fond memories for me of my Catholic school education. St. Jude the patron saint of desperate situations was often called upon to rescue me if for some reason I didn’t feel confident enough to pass my math exam. If things looked really bad, I would have to resort to the next level (St Rita is the patron saint of hopeless cases!). When it came to my worst subject, the situation could often turn from desperate to hopeless! Ha! Thanks Linda for a wonderful post!

linda Says:

February 2nd, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Thanks, Mischa! At least I now know who to turn to the next time I have a computer glitch–St. Isidore.

ZoeTravers Says:

February 14th, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Love this post! As a Catholic, I look to these saints as inspiration for what I will one day name my children.

mayday_fridaybabe Says:

September 25th, 2012 at 10:08 pm

I like Cecilia, Columba, Blaise, Claude, Francis and luke…the artistic one’s 🙂

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