Birth announcement: Helena Faustina James!

I spotlighted Amy’s beautiful family almost a year ago, and I’m thrilled to share that she’s had her TWELFTH baby — a baby girl! (Bringing the total to six boys and six girls!) She’s been given the gorgeous, meaningful name … Helena Faustina James!

Amy writes,

[Hubby] and I wanted to keep with the theme of John Paul II [like their previous child]. I liked Karol and Karolina. Ryan did not. Being frequent visitors and going to the JP2 shrine, we decided to learn more about St. Faustina, as she was also a Polish saint and JP2 canonized her and instituted Divine Mercy Sunday. I liked Faustina! Ryan did not. 😂 After researching a bit more we found out her name before becoming a nun was Helena Kowalska. Finally a name we both liked and I felt strongly about Faustina being her middle name. 2 weeks before she was born we lost my dear father in law. We decided to honor him and include his name in Helena’s as she was the only grandchild who never got to meet her beloved “Poppy”. Now he will always be with her. ❤ “

This is such a great name story! I love the connection to St. John Paul II in a way that both Amy and her hubby could agree, and I love that they were able to work in Ryan’s dad’s name. Perfect, all around!

Congratulations to Amy and Ryan and big sibs Ray, Josie, Brady, Sean, Evan, Bennett, Mary, Finnian, Charlotte, Sloane, and John Paul, and happy birthday Baby Helena!! Check out her sweet face over on Amy’s Instagram!


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018), is available to order from ShopMercy.org and Amazon — perfect for the expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady in your life!

9 thoughts on “Birth announcement: Helena Faustina James!

  1. Congratulations to the proud family, and what a beautiful name! I’ve loved Faustina since I discovered it at twelve years old, and I’ve loved Helena almost as long. Helena was also the name of my second journal, and one of my great-great-grandmas.

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      • I’m almost positive found it in a booklet of names my mother had when she was pregnant with me. I found a lot of character names from that, though I later found out some of the meanings weren’t exactly accurate. I wish I remembered the name of that booklet, since it had so many interesting names.

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  2. What a beautiful, beautiful name! I love st. Faustina, well I’m Polish, she’s really loved here, she is a great patron saint to have, I believe, and the name is really nice. But I absolutely adore Helena! Such a beautiful name!

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