Friday, 14 October 2011

Saint Names for Boys

Photo of "CHERUBS MAKING POSIES" by CHARLES AUGUSTUS HENRY LUTYENSPhoto of "THE SEASONS - SPRING" by CHARLES AUGUSTUS HENRY LUTYENS

Once again we wade into history to extract some uncommon and entirely delightful names. I was doing research for a future post when I encountered some names that didn't fit the criteria I had set but that were too delicious to simply ignore and leave behind. As the title suggests, the names below are the names of Christian saints. For this post I have included only male saints. Look out for female saint names sometime next week.

Abel- Patron saint of the blind

Alexius- Patron saint of nurses, travellers, beggars and pilgrims

Atticus- Bishop regarded for his charity and piety

Ardalion- Burned alive for declaring his Christianity while performing on stage

Bertrand- Benedictine abbot and missionary

Blaise- Patron saint of wild animals and throat illnesses

Brice- Patron saint of stomach diseases

Brogan- Irish abbott

Caspar- Priest who set up schools for the poor

Dallan- A poet

Elias- A prophet

Elstan- Bishop and abbot

Emmeric- Patron of young men

Finian- Patron of the sick

Fulk- A pilgrim to Rome who gave his life to help those who had caught the plague

Gervase- Patron saint of Milan

Jarlath- Irish priest and scholar

Jude- Patron saint of police officers and hospital workers

Magnus- Patron saint of the Orkney and Shetland Islands

Ninian- Scotland's first saint

Ronan- Irish saint

Sebastian- Patron saint of archers, athletes and soldiers

Theon- Martyr

I have always been a fan of names with religious links. I have one, and I like how they offer, as my Mum puts it, 'extra protection'...whatever that may be. From the list I have some instant favourites, such as Atticus, Bertrand (the nn Berty is beyond adorable), Finian and Theon.  Does your name have religious links? Do you have a favourite religious name?

Image: Both paintings are by Charles Augustus Henry Lutyens