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June 12, 2018 06:56 PM
In Response to Paul and Peter?

Just to comment on why Peter and Paul are always so closely linked -- speaking from a Catholic perspective, Peter was one of the original 12 apostles and the first pope; Paul came later and was a huge persecutor of the Christians (he was known then as Saul) until he had a massive 180-degree conversion and became one of the most zealous Christians (and became known as Paul). Peter and Paul are regarded as the two pillars of Christianity, with different but complementary strengths -- Peter is sometimes called the apostle to the Jews and Paul the apostle to the gentiles -- and they share the same feast day (the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, June 29). 

June 8, 2018 03:50 PM

Thanks for this! I stopped including my kids' names in the paper a few years ago, though I know the old issues are available.

June 6, 2018 04:03 AM

I did think it was an easy request -- I imagined you could search by user name or similar -- so sorry to have assumed incorrectly! I very much appreciate that mods volunteer their time and I'm constantly impressed by how much you do for the site. I'll find the posts myself and email the moderator account! Thanks!

June 4, 2018 03:49 PM

Hi mods, could you delete all posts I created that include my children's names? I know I definitely have a dilemma post and a birth announcement, I can't remember if there are others -- they'd all be before May 2014. Thanks!

March 20, 2018 10:57 AM

I'm so glad to hear this! Thank you for letting us know! 

March 16, 2018 12:37 PM
In Response to Siddalee?

I love the Sidony/Shroud connection and I wish that feast was still celebrated! (I mean, it can still be celebrated, but it's not on the calendar so most people don't know about it. Catholics have awesome feasts.)

March 2, 2018 10:57 AM
In Response to Talk to me about Sarah

I love Sarah for you! One way to make it feel a bit fresher would be to make it part of a double name, like Sarah-Grace. Otherwise I love it as is!

February 24, 2018 03:32 PM
In Response to The name Jesus

I apologize! I didn't realize that Emmanuel is used as a given name by non-Christians, thank you for the correction!

February 24, 2018 12:39 PM
In Response to The name Jesus

It's not totally correct though that Christians think it's inappropriate to name a baby after Jesus -- think Emmanuel, Salvador/Salvator, and the Christ- names -- they refer specifically to Jesus. Given that, I've always wondered why Jesus seems to be mostly off limits for native English speakers, especially since it's used by Spanish speakers.

Also, Mary's name was not always considered appropriate for namesaking -- it was considered too holy for a long time in Ireland, for example. Even now, if I understand correctly, the Irish Gaelic variant Mhuire refers only to the Virgin Mary, while the variant Maire is for common use. 

Re: Spanish speakers, the comments at the behindthename entry say that Spanish speakers refer to Jesus as "Jesu Cristo" (I'm not familiar enough to know if this is true), while Jesús is used as a given name -- if so, this is similar to Mhuire/Maire above, where there's a variant that refers only to the holy person, and another bestowed in his/her honor.

I've done some research to try to answer this question and haven't come up with anything that really answers it -- I hope someone who knows weighs in!

February 6, 2018 06:28 PM

The Kalliope I know is from Greece and says her name kal-ee-O-pee.

January 29, 2018 07:18 AM
In Response to Biblical girls' names

I like both for the reasons you mentioned, but I like Esther better with Victoria. Lovely!

January 22, 2018 04:27 PM

Thomas is definitely my favorite as a brother to your boys, and I love Thomas Brandon!

January 4, 2018 06:18 PM

I know several Laurens/Lauras who go by Lo!

October 9, 2017 01:14 PM
In Response to Jesusita

Behind the Name has "Jesusa" as an entry -- fem firm of Jesús, like you thought -- so Jesusita is probably a diminutive of that. I also found a folk song that has Jesusita in the title, and a story of a 19th century woman named Jesusita in New Mexico. 

October 6, 2017 07:11 AM
In Response to Gender of Callahan

I know a teenage girl named Campbell.

October 5, 2017 12:59 PM

Matthias (or Mattias) came to mind right away -- not only is it three syllables but it's got the international and saintly vibe of your other kids' names. Benedict easily nicknames to Ben of course, but it also has the same feel. Maybe Augustine? Finding a three-syllable name without an obvious nickname is hard! Ooh -- maybe Cajetan? It's a heavy hitter but fits your criteria. Caspian? I love that one. Gabriel, Raphael, Phineas, Santino, Tobias ...

October 2, 2017 08:57 PM

Micah was my first thought, and Matthias my second (though that's probably too New Testament?).

September 9, 2017 04:02 AM
In Response to Name change!

My sister has had Vivienne nn Vinnie on her list for a while, so that's my first suggestion. I think Genevieve, Evangeline, Evelyn could probably work too -- even though they don't have "vin" together, their prominent V's and N's lend themselves nicely to Vinny. Something like Verity Jean could work as well -- the V from Verity, the N from Jean.

August 31, 2017 09:53 AM
In Response to Hungarian name talk

I've just been perusing the abstracts from the conference -- there's quite a lot that has to do with Hungarian naming! I'm sure its location (Debrecen, Hungary) has something to do with it. This is the link to the abstracts, if you're interested: 

August 28, 2017 04:58 PM
In Response to Girl name ideas...

Would you be open to lengthening Eve to Evelyn or Evelina? I quite like how Fern sounds with both of those! Or Evette? Like "little Eve"? So sweet!