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Saintly place names

Saintly place names | Name News | Scoop.it
In the past, I've tended to include Saintly place names in lists of Saintly surnames, but my mind was clicking recently about place names specifically, so I wanted to see how many we can come up with. There are two categories: (1) what I'm thinking of as the "of" categories (St. So-and-so of Somewhere) and…
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Lakshmi, Laxmi

Lakshmi, Laxmi | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Sanskrit लक्ष्मीKannada: ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀMalayalam: ലക്ഷ്മിMarathi/Hindi: लक्ष्मीOdia: ଲକ୍ଷ୍ମୀTamil: லட்சுமிTelugu: లక్ష్మిMeaning: "to perceive, observe, know, understand' and 'goal, aim, objective."Gender: feminineLUCK-shmee The name is derived from the Sanskrit lakṣ (लक्ष्) and lakṣa (लक्ष), meaning "to perceive, observe, know, understand' and 'goal, aim, objective." It is borne in Hinduism by the supreme goddess, wife of Vishnu, who is…
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Baby Names from Egyptian Gods –

Baby Names from Egyptian Gods – | Name News | Scoop.it
Recent posts have mentioned both Isis and Anubis, and these names made me wonder — which other ancient Egyptian gods and goddesses are hiding in the U.S. baby name data? After some searching,…
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Disrespectful to use names for God?

Disrespectful to use names for God? | Name News | Scoop.it
I am concerned that Theo translates almost directly to the Greek word for God. Should I be concerned that it is in any way disrespectful to use as a standalone name?
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The Height of Hildy –

The Height of Hildy – | Name News | Scoop.it
Mr. & Mrs. Melvin Ellis with Hildy (in May of 1957) The rare baby name Hildy — which can be traced back to the Germanic name element hild, meaning “battle” — saw success…
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New names for Brothers of two religious orders, and a question about religious name changes

New names for Brothers of two religious orders, and a question about religious name changes | Name News | Scoop.it
Good morning! Happy Friday!! I read on Facebook and Instagram yesterday the announcement by the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph of the upcoming Simple Profession of six Brothers on the feast of the Assumption. They listed them by name, and asked for prayers for them: Br. Samuel Macarias Br. Robert John Henry…
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Names of some of Bl. Solanus’ confreres

Names of some of Bl. Solanus’ confreres | Name News | Scoop.it
I posted recently about the names of Bl. Solanus' siblings, as included in the biography of him I was reading; today I want to share some of the names of his fellow priests and brothers. We don't hear about religious name changes for men as much as we do for women, so I'm always excited…
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Ireland vs. England: Are Protestant Names Different Than Puritan Names?

In the process of finding literature for Dr. Uckelman’s project on Protestant and Puritan names, I came across a very interesting paper about naming customs in medieval Ireland and how they compare to medieval England:  Tait, Clodagh. “Namesakes and Nicknames: Naming Practices in Early Modern Ireland, 1540-1700.” CONTINUITY AND CHANGE, vol. 21, pp. 313–340. https://search.proquest.com/openview/00ff26214014a0f70a55c2e539f048ce/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&cbl=37442
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Should religious and secular names match?

Judaism, Catholicism, Orthodox Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Neopaganism all have the tradition of using a distinct name for religious life, a name which doesn't always match one's legal name. Depending on how religious one is, that other name may be used almost exclusively, with the name on the birth certificate only being used on…
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Sorrowful Mystery Names

Sorrowful Mystery Names | Name News | Scoop.it
This week is the perfect week to check out my post on names for the Sorrowful Mysteries -- I so often find that the names of our faith provide a wonderful meditation on holy things. As with the Joyful and Luminous Mysteries posts, be sure to check out the comments as well. I'm signing off…
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7 Classic boys’ names inspired by great Lenten saints

7 Classic boys’ names inspired by great Lenten saints | Name News | Scoop.it
If your baby boy is due to arrive during the season of Lent, you might want to look to some of the great saints whose feast days are celebrated during this solemn time of the year. While several ha…
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9 Baby names inspired by notable Franciscan friars

9 Baby names inspired by notable Franciscan friars | Name News | Scoop.it
With so many saints’ names to choose from when naming your child, it’s possible to get a little lost. One way to narrow it down is to pick a favorite religious order to help narrow your…
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Happy feast of the Epiphany!

Happy feast of the Epiphany! | Name News | Scoop.it
My fifth baby was born on this date, and today he turns 9 -- I've always loved that he was born on the feast of the Epiphany! Our pastor read this at Mass on Sunday, which I'd never heard before: "Later legends have been busy with the wise men. In the early days eastern tradition…
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Göttliche Vornamen = Names with "God" in

Göttliche Vornamen = Names with "God" in | Name News | Scoop.it
Bei der Vorbereitung der 2020er Vornamenhitliste ist mir der Name Godgift aufgefallen. Zunächst fand ich den Namen merkwürdig. Aber warum ... WeiterlesenGöttliche Vornamen
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Money for “Muhammad”? –

Money for “Muhammad”? – | Name News | Scoop.it
A charity in Egypt will give money to local parents who name their newborns “Muhammad,” “Mahmoud,” or “Ahmed” in honor of the prophet Muhammad. (All three names …
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Name story: Porter Joseph

Name story: Porter Joseph | Name News | Scoop.it
This latest installment in our Name Story series is from a mama with a story that I'm sure will simultaneously break your heart and cause you to marvel at the mystery of God's unceasing and unfailing love and goodness, and the fact that we can always trust Him, even when we don't understand His plan.…
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Rest in peace, Porter.

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Hello, I’m Zeal-of-the-land Busy: Satire and Puritan Names

Earlier this summer, I did a lot of research with Dr. Uckelman about Protestant names and Puritan names. Much of the evidence supported Dr. Uckelman’s theory that Puritan names were less common than many believe, and definitely less common than the more general Protestant names that appeared across many countries. It seems England simply didn’t…
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Baby name consultation: Boy no. 4 needs a name with meaning and a cute “little brother” nickname

Baby name consultation: Boy no. 4 needs a name with meaning and a cute “little brother” nickname | Name News | Scoop.it
Kelly and her husband are expecting their fourth baby -- and fourth boy! This little guy joins big brothers: Patrick Robert James Gregory Peter Thomas Such fantastic names! So classic and handsome! Kelly writes, "I am so excited to have this consultation done as we have been at a total loss for names, even after…
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What’s in a (Catholic) name? {An interview with by Jenny Uebbing}

What’s in a (Catholic) name? {An interview with  by Jenny Uebbing} | Name News | Scoop.it
This interview with Jenny Uebbing (longtime friend of Sancta Nomina) appeared on her blog Mama Needs Coffee on March 10, 2017. She's not maintaining her blog anymore, so the link to the original post no longer works, and I really loved all the information I pulled together for it -- I found it helpful for…
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What makes a name a Puritan name?

One of the projects we hope to resurrect this summer with the help of our research interns is a paper on Protestant vs. Puritan names. One of our interns, Adelia, is currently collecting relevant literature, and I'm making an effort to prioritise reading through the fascinating looking articles she's finding. What better way to do…
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Baby name consultation: “Short and cute” or “dripping in significance” … or both!

Baby name consultation: “Short and cute” or “dripping in significance” … or both! | Name News | Scoop.it
I posted a consultation for Ali and her husband a couple of years ago, and subsequent birth announcement, and I'm excited that Ali wrote again asking for help with girl name ideas! Ali's older kiddos are: Max Patrick Zack Joseph Tiber Augustine I love all those names, and it's interesting to hear that Ali's changed…
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Joyful Mystery Names

Joyful Mystery Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Happy feast of the Annunciation, one of my favorites!! It seems a perfect day to share again my list of names inspired by the Joy Mysteries of the Rosary! Not only are there a bunch of names in my post, but the comments!! Definitely be sure to read them -- the Santa Nomina readers are…
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The Amish Cook: Naming the Yoders’ baby

While I like naming my children after people I appreciate, the more significant issue to me is that it is a name with an appropriate meaning that Daniel and I are fully agreed on.
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