I hope you all got to see the three (three!) birth announcements I posted yesterday — three beautiful little ladies with three gorgeous names! Be sure to check them out if you haven’t yet seen them: one, two, three. (I have a couple more coming this week, wheeee!! 😀 )
Today’s consultation is a bit more private than usual, and a whole lotta awesome: Parents with a military background recently asked for ideas for names for the warrior saints theme they’ve already started with their kiddos and hope to continue for both boys and girls. I love that!! I mean really. How cool.
I came up with a bunch of ideas (there are a lot of saints who were soldiers!), and I’m really hoping you all can round out these lists with your own ideas!
First off, there’s St. Joan of Arc, the girl soldier who helped bring victory to France and died for her faith. Such a great patron for a little girl! I did a spotlight of her name not too long ago.
Then there are three biblical women who I see routinely referred to as “warriors”: Deborah, Jael, and Judith. In the intro to the book Women Warriors in Romantic Drama by Wendy C. Nielsen is this sentence (the link takes you right to it): “Women warriors such as Joan of Arc, and Judith, Deborah, and Jael in the Bible, fight openly with honor for justice and freedom,” which is pretty awesome. You can read more about Deborah and Jael here (their story is linked), and Judith here; I also spotlighted Judith recently here, including a Marian link to the name.
Then there’s St. Quiteria, who has a pretty amazing story. I actually posted a birth announcement recently for a little girl named after St. Quiteria (her parents decided to go with the spelling Kyteria).
Otherwise, there are loads and loads of Saints who were soldiers—all men as far as I can tell, except St. Joan, but some pretty great female variants include:
Adrianne or Adrienne, for St. Adrian of Nicomedia (you could even use Adrian for a girl)
Alexandra et al., for the Sts. Alexander
Andrea, for Bl. Andrea Bordino or Bl. Andrea Gallerani (a pretty great option, since you’d use the Saint’s exact name)
Caroline or Charlotte or Carla for any of the Sts. Charles that were soldiers (lots!)
Irene for St. Irenaeus
Hyacinth or Jacinta, for St. Hyacinth (Jacinta is the Spanish and Portuguese feminine version of Hyacinth, and Hyacinth on its own can be a girl’s name as well)
Lucy for St. Lucius
Marian, for Bl. Marian Górecki (this Bl. Marian was a man, but how great is it that you could use his exact name of Marian?!)
Kostka, for Bl. Stanislaw Kostka Starowieyski (Kostka struck me as really do-able for a girl; I’ve seen a priest take it as part of his religious name but in his case, and in the Bl. Stanislaw who was a soldier, it was in honor of St. Stanislaus Kostka, who’s a different guy and not a soldier)
Victoria, for the several Sts. Victor who were soldiers (I also love the tie-in to Our Lady of Victory and Jesus Himself as The Victor)
There are loads on that list I linked to above, but I just picked a few of my favorites to include here:
Adrian (Bl. Adrian Fortescue and St. Adrian of Nicomedia)
Alexander (there are a bunch of Sts. Alexander on the list of soldiers, and Alexander the Great is a common enough warrior reference)
Andrew (Bl. Andrew Dotti and St. Andrew the Tribune)
Bruno (Bl. Bruno of Rommersdorf and St. Bruno of Ebsdorf; doesn’t Bruno just seem like a warrior name?!)
David (Bl. David Carlos-Marañon, St. David of Scotland, and King David himself)
Dominic (Bl. Dominic Collins and Bl. Dominic Dosso)
Edward (Bl. Edward Joannes Maria Poppe)
Gerard (Bl. Gerard of Clairvaux)
Ignatius (St. Ignatius of Loyola)
Marco (Bl. Marco of Jativa)
Raymond (Bl. Raymond de Blanes and St. Raymond of Fitero)
Simon (Bl. Simon Ballachi)
William (Bl. William of Andleby, Bl. William of Maleval, St. William of Gellone)
There are several whose names are actually given as “St. So-and-So the Soldier,” which is really cool:
St. Andreas the Soldier (Andrew)
St. Lucius the Soldier (Luke could work for this one, or Lucas)
St. Mark the Soldier
St. Maximianus the Soldier (Max)
St. Peter the Soldier
(There are others but I thought these were the most user friendly.)
Finally, the patron saints of soldiers include:
St. Adrian of Nicomedia
St. Ignatius of Loyola
St. James the Greater
St. Louis IX
St. Martin of Tours
(Full list of patron saints of soldiers here.)
So there are a lot to choose from! What others can you all add?