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Saints' Names For Boys

It is tradition, though no longer a requirement, in the Roman Catholic Church for a child receiving baptism to be given a saint's name. However, even parents who don't find themselves particularly religious have begun to take interest in the rare, uplifting, and sometimes unheard-of names of saints for their sons and daughters. Names of notable saints such as St. Sebastian and St. Jude are listed here, as well as those of lesser-known saints.

Along with Sebastian and Jude, other saints’ names for boys in the US Top 300 include Adrian, Elias, Fabian, Henry, Israel, Jonah, Killian, and Owen. More obscure names such as Amias, Benno, Cassian, and Leander are also saints’ names worth considering.

If you are interested in ancient names, saints’ names are a great source of inspiration. This list includes a wide range of appealing saints' names for boys.

  • Abel

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    Abel, the name of Adam and Eve's unfortunate younger son, compensates with positive connotations: capable, competent, ready and willing.

    Abel has literary connections to the novels of... Read More 

  • Adrian

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    Adrian has in the past been neglected due to its similarity to the feminine Adrienne, but is now being reconsidered. Well used in England since the 1950s, and the name of one Pope and several... Read More 

  • Aidan

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    Aidan is an appealing Irish saint's name meaning fire that zoomed up the popularity lists, jumping four hundred places in a decade to a peak of 39 in 2013 before slumping down. Though it has been... Read More 

  • Alexis

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    This name leapt into the female column via vixen Alexis Carrington on 'Dynasty" in the 1980s. It's more popular for girls, but it's still a widely used boys' names and is one of the most Read More 

  • Ambrose

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    A favorite of British novelists including Evelyn Waugh and P. G. Wodehouse, Ambrose has an air of blooming well-being and upper-class erudition. It comes from the same Greek root as 'ambrosia',... Read More 

  • Amias

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    Amias or Amyas is a unique name with an attractive sound and feel and a lovely meaning. Though it might sound like a Biblical name,... Read More 

  • Anselm

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    A somewhat solemn appellation, Anselm is a saint's name, connected to the twelfth century archbishop of Canterbury, and in modern times tied to the German neo-expressionist painter Anselm Kiefer. Read More 

  • Artemas

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    This name has a nice mythological, historical, Three Musketeers-ish ring. Read More 

  • Austin

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    Austin is one of the most attractive city names for babies, with an attractive southwestern feel, place-name panache and the... Read More 

  • Bardo

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    Bardo has a poetic beginning and upbeat ending, with roots in several diverse cultures. It may be most familiar today via George Saunders' novel Lincoln in the Bardo, which refers to the... Read More 

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