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October 12, 2018 07:06 PM
In Response to Expecting #4

Maybe Edison as being surnamey like Harrison and Spencer with an Edward nickname?

September 24, 2018 05:02 PM
In Response to 4th Baby Name Help!?

I would tend toward longer names like your older kiddos' names -- Veronica, Philomena, Seraphina, or Josephine for girls; Benedict, Dominic, Sebastian, or Thaddeus for boys. You might be interested in checking out the Sancta Nomina website ( -- it focuses on Catholic baby naming and includes loads of baby name consultations done for families with similar taste to yours.

September 24, 2018 04:17 PM
In Response to Evangeline?

I say ev-an-je-leen, which is the pronunciation I mostly hear irl. I could see some people preferring ev-an-je-line, but I've only ever heard my mom say ev-an-je-lynn. She says that's how they said it in school when studying the poem by Longfellow, so maybe the older generations would default to that? (My mom is 67.)

August 22, 2018 08:12 PM

Ambrose and Clement read Very Catholic to me too, but I spend a great deal of time in the online/irl Catholic baby naming community -- both Ambrose and Clement are popular among that audience. Both Clement and Clementine are also considered Marian names by many who love Catholic names.

July 31, 2018 11:29 AM

TheOtherHungarian: She specifically notes that it's not Italian, but was included in this list because it's in the top 200 in Italy. I don't see any problem with what she's written -- it's all accurate as far as I can tell.

July 31, 2018 06:39 AM

To be fair, Behind the Name says Marika is both Greek and Slavic (as well as Czech, Slovak, Polish, Finnish, Estonian, and Georgian, in addition to Hungarian).

July 30, 2018 11:33 AM

I love so many of these! Several are popular among American Catholic families I know (Chiara, Rita, Caterina, used in honor of St. Clare of Assisi and/or Bl. Chiara Luce Badano, St. Rita, and St. Catherine of Siena), and I know a little Gioia and Giada as well. Such pretty names!

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!