Names for the Glorious Mysteries

It’s Easter Tuesday!! Hallelujah and hurrah!! ❤ 😀 ❤

It’s the perfect Tuesday to continue the Mysteries of the Rosary series with a post about names for the Glorious Mysteries! If you remember, last week I posted about Sorrowful Mystery Names, and you were all so great with your comments! Lots of good ideas there!

These are the Glorious Mysteries (read more here) (and here’s how to pray the Rosary):

The Resurrection of Our Lord
The Ascension into Heaven
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Assumption of Mary
The Coronation of Mary

Names associated with the Glorious Mysteries might include:


Assumpta, Assunta, Asunción — a traditional girl’s name referring to the Assumption

Anastasia — means “resurrection”

Corona — means “crown,” for Our Lady’s Crowning

Dominica, Dominique — from Dominic, which is from Latin for “of the Lord,” and was traditionally given to a baby born on a Sunday

Evangeline — means “good news”

Gloria, Glory — the glory of Easter! And the Glorious Mysteries!

Jemima — means “dove,” for the Holy Spirit

Magdalene/a, Madel(e)ine — for Mary Magdalene, who was the first to see the Risen Christ

Mary, etc. — any of the Mary names would be a perfect nod to the Marian mysteries

Paloma — means “dove”

Pascale, Pascaline, Pasqualina — means “related to Easter”

Regina — means “queen,” for the Crowning of Our Lady

Renata, Renée — means “reborn”

Salome — one of the women who discovered the tomb was empty

Vida, Vita — means “life”



Aidan — from a name meaning “fire,” for the Holy Spirit’s tongues of fire

Ambrose — means “immortal”

Cináed (often anglicized as Kenneth) — means “born of fire”

Colum, Columba — means “dove,” for the Holy Spirit

Dominic — see Dominica, Dominique above

Emmaus — Jesus met Cleopas and another on the road to Emmaus after the Resurrection (so like Emmett!)

Ignatius — connected to the Latin ignis, which means “fire”

Jonah — means “dove”

Paschal, Pascal, Pascoe — see Pascale, Pascaline, Pasqualina above

Renatus, René — see Renata, Renee above

Stephen — means “crowned”! How great is Stephen as a nod to Our Queen!

Vitus, Vitale/y — see Vida, Vita above


What others can you add to this list? (The Holy Spirit names came from this post; I only included the ones that seemed particularly connected to the Descent of the Holy Spirit.)

+ Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Let us praise and exalt him above all forever. +


24 thoughts on “Names for the Glorious Mysteries

  1. ❤ so many of these names!!

    Anastasia and Madeleine are probably my favorites for the girls, and Dominic and Jonah are probably my favorites for the boys 🙂

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  2. Wow, great list. I did not know that about Anastasia – makes it the perfect name for for this theme. When I saw you were planning the rosary mystery series I started making my own list. You covered and surpassed most of what I had. ; )

    To add to your Glory/Gloria names – Aintzane or Aintza is the Basque form (ine-tsah-ney or ine-tsah)

    I also included the other Regina-ish queen names, Reina/Reyna. Also heaven names like Caeli or the modern heaven reversal Neveah.

    Thought of Cory/Corey for coronation. Actual name origin said it was possibly from helmet, which like crown is head covering – circles the head, so I think it works.

    I had the Stephen connection for crowning – but then also need to include the feminine: Stephanie/Stefanie, Estefana/Estbana/Estefania/Stefania.

    Would you include the Trinity names here also with the Descent of the Holy Spirit? In Eastern churches the Trinity is celebrated as part of Pentecost and not the Sunday after like we do in Western Church. If so, then the Trinity, Trinidad, Trini.

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  3. I’m amazed by your list, Kate! I had no idea that Anastasia means resurrection! I just want to add Aurora, because it means Dawn, so it could be a reference to the moment when the women found the empty tomb.

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  4. Rosario/Rosaria, a term for our Lady of the Rosary. Used in Spanish and Italian. I think Rosario is the Spanish feminine, Rosaria is the Italian feminine, and Rosario is the Italian masculine so it can go either boy or girl.

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  5. I love this list! A couple of other additions…

    Joanna: I’ve always loved that my own namesake was a witness of the resurrection

    Rhiannon: applying its meaning (great or divine queen) to our own queen

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  6. Anastasia/Anastasios would definitely be the names for babies named for Pascha/Easter in our church. (And every syllable is pronounced – An-AH-stah-SEE-ah). And so literal – to stand up again! What I didn’t know until I joined the Greek church was how cute the nicknames for these are – Tassa and Tasso! I know a little one of each 🙂

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  7. Reblogged this on Sancta Nomina and commented:

    Jehovah’s Witnesses came to my door yesterday to invite me to a “celebration of Jesus’ death” this coming Tuesday. Apparently they don’t celebrate Easter — how can they deal with His death without the hope and promise of the Resurrection? Anyway, I’m glad to re-post about the Glorious Mysteries names today, and I hope you’ll add in any other names you can think of that can fit.


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