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Baby name consultation: Parents need fresh name ideas for boy no. 6

Baby name consultation: Parents need fresh name ideas for boy no. 6 | Name News | Scoop.it
Mary and her husband are expecting their seventh baby -- their sixth boy! This little guy joins big siblings: John PaulSimon JosephMagdalen Therese nn MaggieMark FrancisDamian BernardLeo Abraham Such great naaaames!! I love them all!! Mary writes, "So here we are, needing a name for our 6th boy and I'm feeling tapped out. Part of…
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It's not Happy St. Patty's Day, but St. Paddy's Day. Here's why

It's not Happy St. Patty's Day, but St. Paddy's Day. Here's why | Name News | Scoop.it
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no vibrant, green parades, group celebrations, or religious coming-togethers for a second year in a row in Ireland today.
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Baby Name Agatha: Familiar Rarity

Baby Name Agatha: Familiar Rarity | Name News | Scoop.it
The baby name Agatha feels traditional and storied, but surprisingly rare. With Abigail and Evelyn so popular, Agatha might substitute.
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Baby name consultation: Cool, Catholic, and maybe Celtic for baby no. 4

Baby name consultation: Cool, Catholic, and maybe Celtic for baby no. 4 | Name News | Scoop.it
Mollie and her husband are expecting their fourth baby! This little one joins big siblings: Avila MaryJack Michael Luke Gabriel I looooove these names!! I love that Avila is so recognizable (among Catholics anyway), and feels familiar in that it’s similar appearance- and sound-wise to names like Ava and Evelyn, but it’s also surprising in…
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Baby name consultation: Which direction to go in for Baby no. 2?

Baby name consultation: Which direction to go in for Baby no. 2? | Name News | Scoop.it
Michelle and her husband are expecting their second baby, a little green bean (gender unknown)! � This little bub joins big sister: Victoria Gianna ("We chose her middle after the obvious, St. Gianna Beretta Molla, but also after pope Saint John Paul (Italian: Giovanni Paolo) and St. John the Apostle. Her first name is dedicated…
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More info on Václav (Wenceslaus)

More info on Václav (Wenceslaus) | Name News | Scoop.it
I was so surprised by the number of comments I got on my spotlight on Wenceslaus! So pleasantly surprised! Two in particular had more info on the Czech version, Václav, and I wanted to be sure you all saw them:

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Patron Saint of nicknames? (!)

Patron Saint of nicknames? (!) | Name News | Scoop.it
A reader sent me the following amazing email: "I just finished reading a biography on St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, and it turns out she comes from a family of nicknamers: 'Catherine was a peaceful baby and like all the Seton children instantly received several nicknames.'It wasn't so much Elizabeth's family that gave nicknames, but her…
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New CatholicMom article, and info on Chinese and Japanese names

New CatholicMom article, and info on Chinese and Japanese names | Name News | Scoop.it
Happy Thursday everyone! A few things of interest today: My January CatholicMom article is up! "Naming Your Baby After St. Joseph" was informed by a couple of blog posts I did recently to help expectant parents (and Confirmation candidates?) work St. Joseph into their babies' names (or their own) during this year devoted to him.…
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Spotlight on: Wenceslaus

Spotlight on: Wenceslaus | Name News | Scoop.it
My saintly friend for 2021 according to Jen Fulwiler's The Saint's Name Generator is ... St. Wenceslaus. Do you choose a yearly Saint? I admit, most of the initial thrill for me has always been the possibility of discovering a new, cool name to add to my list of Catholicky Catholic names! Haha! St. Wenceslaus'…
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Baby name consultation: To Canon or not to Canon for baby no. 3?

Baby name consultation: To Canon or not to Canon for baby no. 3? | Name News | Scoop.it
I know I said I'd be off the blog until the end of the week, but I forgot about my Monday consultation post! Enjoy! And be sure to check back in on Friday to read my Year in Review post! Cassie and her husband are expecting their third baby, a little green bean (=gender unknown)!…
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Christmas Name Advent - Day 24

Christmas Name Advent - Day 24 | Name News | Scoop.it
~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Father Christmas, Pere Noel, Santa Claus, Sinter Klaas, Babbo Natale; just a few of the many names used to describe the part historical, part mythical St Nicholas. St Nicholas lived in Asia Minor in the 3rd century. He was ordained Bishop of Myra at a young age, makin
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Baby name consultation: Baby no. 12 (boy) needs a name that works in English and Spanish

Baby name consultation: Baby no. 12 (boy) needs a name that works in English and Spanish | Name News | Scoop.it
Rebecca and her husband are expecting their twelfth baby (eleventh on earth) -- their seventh son! This little guy joins big sibs: Adam Joseph ("We chose Adam because it was very important to my husband that we choose names that can be said or translated to Spanish easily. His parents speak only Spanish. I liked…
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Gruesome Saint Stories: Off-putting for Parents?

Gruesome Saint Stories: Off-putting for Parents? | Name News | Scoop.it
My November CatholicMom article posted today! We've talked about this topic a few years ago, and I thought it was worth revisiting. I'd love to hear what you think! Gruesome Saint Stories: Off-Putting for Parents? My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available…
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Baby Name Campion: Saintly and Stylish

Baby Name Campion: Saintly and Stylish | Name News | Scoop.it
The baby name Campion combines roots in the natural world, a bold meaning, and a saintly bearer. Why is this handsome possibility so rare?
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Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae: Irish Saints' Names - March

Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae: Irish Saints' Names - March | Name News | Scoop.it
Time for the final instalment of the 1914 series on Irish saints' names from the Australian press, offered to prospective parents a
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Birth announcement: Thea Noelle!

Birth announcement: Thea Noelle! | Name News | Scoop.it
Christa and I emailed a bit about names a couple of years ago, and I was so excited to receive an email from her just recently letting me know what name she and her husband had ended up choosing for her baby! They welcomed a little girl and gave her the gorgeous name ... Thea…
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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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Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae: Irish Saints Names- February

Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae: Irish Saints Names- February | Name News | Scoop.it
The February selection of Irish saints' names as suggestions for naming children, published in the Australian press in 1914. We find si
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Baby name consultation: Formal names for the nickname Sonny

Baby name consultation: Formal names for the nickname Sonny | Name News | Scoop.it
A reader wrote to me asking: "I really love the name Sonny. But! I’ve yet to find a formal name I like that could be the official name... and now I’m wondering if I even need that? Especially if I can find a good spiritual connection to the name... apart from the obvious “son.” lol is…
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Naming Your Baby After St. Joseph

Naming Your Baby After St. Joseph | Name News | Scoop.it
In light of the Year of St. Joseph, Kate Towne shares ways to honor St. Joseph in the names of your babies.
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Baby name consultation: Help name Twin no. 2!

Baby name consultation: Help name Twin no. 2! | Name News | Scoop.it
One of our longtime readers and her family have been devastated by the recent theft of the means of her husband's livelihood -- many high-end instruments and specialized equipment that he takes with him from his job as a music teacher at a Catholic school to other venues in which he helps provide for his…
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Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae: Irish Saints' Names - January

Omnium Sanctorum Hiberniae: Irish Saints' Names - January | Name News | Scoop.it
      Below is the January listing of Irish saints' names as suggestions for naming children, which began a series of monthly updates i
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Eugenia | The Beauty of Names

Eugenia | The Beauty of Names | Name News | Scoop.it
Origin: Latin, Greek Gender: Female Meaning: "Well Born" Pronunciation: yoo-JEEN-ee-ah, yoo-JEEN-yah Other Forms: Eugeneia,    Eugénie
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Niklaus ist ein guter Mann = Nicholas names around the world

Niklaus ist ein guter Mann = Nicholas names around the world | Name News | Scoop.it
Jeder kennt dieses Lied, die Kleinen ebenso wie die Großen. Der Name des Gabenbringers mit Rauschebart, der bei Kindern am Morgen des 6. Dezember mit einer „Bescherung light“ punktet, ist bei Eltern seit Jahren beliebt, in der Regel allerdings in Variationen. Erstaunlich viele haben es in unsere Hitliste geschafft.
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Too gruesome for naming?

Too gruesome for naming? | Name News | Scoop.it
I had an interesting name convo the other day about whether some of the more gruesome saint stories are off-putting enough that parents might hesitate before choosing the name for their child. I think my personal feeling is that I don't mind the gruesome stories -- it's the heroism and faithfulness of the saint that…
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