Baby name consultation: Kendra from Catholic All Year!

(So sorry I’m posting this so late in the day — I meant to have it up ages ago! I’m running about eight hours behind schedule, of course. I blame the baby!)

I know you all know Kendra from the fabulous Catholic All Year — she of the so-creative ideas for celebrating each feast day and author of a bunch of other books and maker of cool things, wearer of the stunning outfits for the themed events she attends, and designer and painter of the AMAZING chapel she put together in her own home!

She’s also expecting her tenth baby, and I’m SO EXCITED that she wanted some ideas/thoughts/suggestions!

To start, here are her older kiddos’ names:

John Paul nn Jack (“named for Pope St. JPII“)
Elizabeth Jeanne nn Betty (“named for my grandmother and my sister in law“)
Robert Benedict nn Bobby (“named for three of Jim and my grandfathers and Pope Benedict XVI“)
Augustine James nn Gus (“named for St. Augustine and my father in law“)
Anita Camille (“named for my grandmother and my mother“)
Francis Patrick nn Frankie (“named for St. Francis and my brother in law“)
Louise Marita nn Lulu (“named for our neighbor/adopted great grandmother and my mother in law“)
Mary Jane nn Midge (“named for our Blessed Mother“)
George Curtis (“named for my uncle and my father“)

Which is all just so fun — her and her hubby’s often-midcentury taste is fun and fairly uncommon these days! And I love that it’s woven into a really Catholicky Catholic tapestry of given names.

Kendra writes,

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on both boys’ and girls’ names.

We’ve used lots of family names, as you can see, and names that have a straightforward patron saint.

[Hubby] likes very regular Catholic names. I like names that are familiar and spellable but little-used. I’ve always liked that I’m almost always the only Kendra in the room. (But I don’t like that it’s not a canonized saint name … yet 😉 )

We thought we had that familiar/unusual with Jack, but then a lot of people used that nickname. And there are currently three Guses in our Gus’ sixth grade class. 😬 But that’s more a function of how VERY Catholic the school is. 😂😂

Unused family name is my sister Kara, but it’s also not a saint name.

George would have been Liberty 🗽 Katherine if he’d been a girl (born on the 4th of July, I have hit my due date 5/9 times).

We have the special situation this time of [hubby’s] grave health issue, so I’d especially like to honor him in the names, to the point that we are considering ‘reusing’ James, even though it’s Gus’ middle name. He was a marine artillery officer and is a supernumerary of Opus Dei. He went to a Carmelite high school and has worn the brown scapular for over thirty years.

We have been asking for the intercession of St. Nuno and Bl. Alvaro del Portillo.”

I was so happy to do this for Kendra and her hubs, not only because I love helping expectant mamas, but also in hopes that it’s a fun little distraction for both of them in the midst of his diagnosis and treatment. (Please pray for him!!)

As far as coming up with ideas, I used their kiddos’ nicknames as inspiration in my research as much as their given names — Jack, Betty, Bobby, Gus, Frankie, Lulu, and Midge just evoke the most amazing bunch of sock-hoppers (also Anita and George!). In addition to the names they gave their older kids, I also used Barbara and Liberty (both previously considered by them for girls), Cyril (Kendra’s frontrunner, as she noted in the comments on this IG post, though her hubby doesn’t care for it), and Blythe Fike’s kids’ names (Kendra said her hubby loves Blythe’s kids’ names! See my consultation for Blythe and her birth announcement) as inspiration. I also considered how to work in hubby’s name and Kendra’s sister’s name, and also St. Nuno and Bl. Alvaro del Portillo.

I always start a consultation by looking up the names the parents have already used and those they like/are considering in the Baby Name Wizard book as it lists, for each entry, boy and girl names that are similar in terms of style/feel/popularity — I did so for both Kendra’s kids’ given names and nicknames. The BNW also has listings of names by category in the back of the book, so I looked at Guys and Dolls, Timeless, Nicknames, Midcentury, and Solid Citizens for additional ideas. I also used my own book of Marian baby names for ideas, and to cross reference with the BNW‘s results. The next task was to whittle all that down into a short-ish list of suggestions! 😅

Before I get to my official suggestions, however, I wanted to address Kendra’s desire to honor Jim in this baby’s name, to the extent they’re considering using James again, after having given it to Gus as his middle name. Of course there’s nothing wrong with that! I have a friend who gave Catherine as a middle name to two of her daughters — one was to honor Grandma Catherine, and the other was to honor St. Catherine of Siena. And I have another friend who has both a Charles and a Caroline. Repeating the exact name or different forms of the same name within a family is neither unheard of nor problematic, as long as the parents like it (and for big families, sometimes it’s necessary!). If Kendra and her hubs wanted to consider ideas that aren’t exactly James but could honor him nonetheless, I came up with:

  • Jameson: This is my favorite suggestion. It literally means “son of James” while being different from Gus’ middle name. It’s a sneaky nod to their Ireland trip last year too, by way of Jameson Whiskey! I’m guessing they’d like this best in the middle name spot.
  • Seamus: Speaking of Irish, they could consider the Irish variant of James — Seamus. This also could be a smashing middle name.
  • Jacob: James and Jacob are actually the same name — Jacob is the Hebrew and James is the Latin. Jacob is perhaps the option that feels least connected to Jim’s name, but the connection is there, strong and impeccable. This, too, might be best in the middle spot, as Jacob and Jake are so similar to Jack. (I spotlighted Jacob here.)

Those are my ideas for working “James” into a boy’s name without using James itself, and I also had some ideas for working his name into a daughter’s name:

  • Gemma: While the name Gemma we’re familiar with (St. Gemma Galgani) isn’t etymologically related to James, being instead from the Italian for “gem,” I’ve seen it (and the alternate spelling Jemma) used as a feminine form of James, as both Gem and Jem are old nicknames for James. (You can read more about that here.) Of course, St. Gemma adds that “straightforward patron saint” criteria that Kendra said they both like.
  • Jamesina: They could go right to the “girl James” name — I think it’s got a sweet vintage appeal!
  • Jacoba: As with Jamesina, they could go the “girl Jacob” route — could be interesting! (In case it’s helpful, actress Cobie Smulders’ given name is actually Jacoba Francisca Maria — could a name be any more faithy??)

Okay, on to first name suggestions!

Girl
(1) Margaret nn Peggy or Rita
Peggy is what caught my attention when I was doing my research — Peggy totally fits in with the older kids! And Margaret is an especially good match for Elizabeth, Louise, Mary Jane, and George. Rita is also a fine possibility for a nickname, and while there are lots of great Sts. Margaret to choose as patron, St. Rita of Cascia (whose given name was the Italian form of Margaret: Margarita or Margherita — I’ve seen both) is also a powerful intercessor.

(2) Katherine nn Kathy or Kate, or Karine
Kendra said that George would have been Liberty Katherine if he’d been a girl, and when I saw Kathy in the list of mid-century names, I wondered if they’d consider Katherine as a first name? With the nickname Kathy? But actually, even as I write that, I think I prefer the nickname Kate for their family (and not because I’m a Katherine/Kate!) — there was a fun discussion on Abby from Appellation Mountain’s Facebook page recently on what name or names are the female counterpart to Jack, and Kate did really well. Another idea is that Karine is considered an elaboration of Kara on the one hand, and has another life as being a Norwegian form of Katherine! So I love the idea of Karine for them as a nod to Kendra’s sister while still having a saintly connection.

(3) Susan or Suzette nn Susie/Suzy
Susie was another name included in the mid-century list, and I’m loving it for this family! It might be my favorite. Susie is so cute! Though I love the Susanna/Susanne/Suzanne options, the fact that they already have an Anne (Anita) makes me think Susan or Suzette would be the better full-name options. They’re both variants of Susanna, which has the cool distinction of meaning both “lily” and “rose,” which gives it a Marian twist (I included the Susanna names in my book of Marian names!).

(4) Carol/Carolyn/Caroline/Carla/Karoline
I’m not convinced they’ll love this idea, since my favorite saint idea for the Carol- names is always St. John Paul II and they’ve already named a child after him. But I think each of these variants would fit in well with the names they’ve already chosen, depending on how 30s-40s-mid-century they’re feeling, and Karoline has the additional aspect of possibly being an honor name for Kendra’s sister sound-wise and using the letter K (which is also extra JohnPaulian). There are other patron possibilities as well, of course, including St. Charles Borromeo, Bl. Karl of Austria (whom John Paul was actually named after, which is one of the namey things that has made me happiest in my life), and some lovely ladies like Bl. Karolina Kózka, Bl. Theresa Gerhardinger (born Caroline, and also known as Bl. Caroline Gerhardinger or Bl. Karolina Gerhardinger), Bl. Anne-Marie-Madeleine Thouret (religious name: Sr. Charlotte of the Resurrection), Venerable Carla Barbara Colchen Carré de Malberg (also known as Ven. Caroline Barbara), Bl. Charlotte Davy, and Bl. Charlotte Lucas (especially if you’re a Pride and Prejudice fan 😉 ). Both Caro and Carrie (and even Cara/Kara, if they wanted to name more explicitly for Kendra’s sister) are sweet nicknames that I like with the other kids.

(5) Bernadette
I was excited to see Bernadette pop up in my research as a good match for this family! I saw on Kendra’s Instagram that they visited Lourdes a few years ago, so this could have extra special meaning for them because of their trip, but also, I thought, for the fact that Lourdes has healing water, which could sort of immortalize in name the hope for healing for Jim. Bernie is a fun nickname — Food Network personality Molly Yeh just named her new baby the incredible Bernadette Rosemary and they’re calling her Bernie (hmm … but maybe too political though?). Unfortunately, the other nicknames I’d suggest or that I’ve heard (Etta, Detta, Betsy) are too close to Betty.

(6) Dorothy/Dorothea/Theodora
Dorothy was my first thought, just based on that mid-century vibe. It’s got the great meaning of “gift of God” and some cute nicknames like Dora, Dory, Dodie, Dolly, Dot/Dottie, Thea, and Tea. The latter two made me think that Dorothea would also be a nice variant to consider, as would Theodora, which is the exact same name but with the elements reversed.

(7) Dolores
Dorothy also made me think of Dolores, which I might like for this family even better, since it’s a Marian name — Spanish for “sorrows,” it’s part of the Marian title Nuestra Señora de Dolores (Our Lady of Sorrows). I also really like that it’s similar to Anita in that they’re both Spanish names that were most popular earlier in the twentieth century. (Linda is another, for what it’s worth.) Dolly and Dory can be nicknames for Dolores, like for Dorothy, but Lulu knocks out its traditional nickname Lola.

(8) Gloria
Gloria did well in my research, and a friend of mine has a really cute little sister named Gloria (very important bit of scientific evidence there 😀 ), so I thought I’d include it in my suggestions here. But then it made me think about how Bl. Solanus Casey would say, “Thank God ahead of time” and Gloria kind of felt like that to me — a praising name for His goodness and His care for Kendra and Jim and their family in the midst of this health trial.

(9) Carmel
I wonder if they’ve ever considered Carmel? With Jim having gone to a Carmelite high school and having such a devotion to Our Lady and her brown scapular, this might be a really nice way to name a baby girl “after” him. I also stayed at a B&B in Dublin run by a woman named Carmel, so it’s always had an Irish sheen to me as well.

(10) Labouré (with or without the accent)
My last girl suggestion for Kendra and Jim is inspired by the fact that they’d chosen Liberty for George if he’d been a girl born on the 4th of July — Labouré has similar sounds as Liberty, and it’s got a linguistic connection to “work,” which is perfect for a Labor Day baby (I think it technically means “plows”). AND it has a straightforward patron saint! St. Catherine Labouré is a wonderful patron, and I love that the name also has a Marian connection via the Miraculous Medal. If they like the nickname Libby, which would be a natural one for Liberty, I think it can easily work for Labouré as well.

Boy
(1) Oliver
One of the bits of research I did in trying to find inspiration for ideas was to research St. Nuno and Bl. Alvaro del Portillo, and guys — what I found is a Catholic name nerd’s DREAM! I totally understand if no one’s as excited about this as I am, but check this out: St. Nuno’s full name is actually St. Nuno Álvares Pereira, so of course I noticed right away the Álvares of St. Nuno’s name and the Alvaro of Bl. Alvaro’s. Indeed, they’re variants of the same name, and while it’s not totally known for sure, both behindthename.com and dmnes.org make a possible connection between Alvaro/Álvares and Oliver. How cool! So I’ve decided that I love Oliver for this family. 😊 It’s got a straightforward patron saint (and an Irish one at that! St. Oliver Plunkett is great) and a nickname that I think fits right in with the Jack/Betty/Bobby/Gus/Frankie/Lulu/Midge nicknames: Ollie is just darling. And, if I may, Oliver Jameson has a particularly nice ring to it. (It’s also in my book!)

(2) Gerard nn Jerry or Bernard nn Bernie/Ben
I’m including Gerard and Bernard together because they rhyme and they have a similar feel to me as well — saintly and vintage-y. I also love their friendly nicknames — Gerard is easily Jerry, and while Bernie for Bernard is easy, the issues mentioned above with Bernadette/Bernie make Ben a nice option as a nickname for Bernard (I know a Bernard who goes by Ben). I love St. Gerard Majella — a great intercessor for pregnant mamas and their babies — and Bernard is in honor of St. Bernadette for the reasons I mentioned above. (Of course, they could choose one of the Sts. Bernard instead! Just that it was St. Bernadette who inspired me to add Bernard to the list.)

(3) Henry nn Hank
I’m digging Henry for this family because of Hank. Hank! I love it! I spotlighted Henry and its great patrons here.

(3) Edward or Edmund nn Ed/Ted/Ned
As with Henry, it was the nickname ideas that grabbed me first — Ed, Ted, and Ned can all be used for the Ed- names, and they all have that friendly throwback feel that I get from Kendra’s older kids. St. Edward the Confessor is a great patron, as is St. Edmund Campion.

(4) Martin nn Marty
Ditto the nickname — I love Marty! And I love St. Martin de Porres.

(5) David nn Davey
Annnnd … the nickname. Davey is so great. There are loads of holy Davids, including King David himself. Also, David peaked in the 1950s! I have three Uncle Davids born during that time! It’s also Marian via her title Tower of David (it’s in my book!).

(6) Simeon
Simeon is totally inspired by the fact that Cyril is at the top of Kendra’s list — it’s a style match per the BNW, and seriously saintly and Marian (it’s in my book!).

(7) Stanley (or Stanislaus?) nn Stan
Frankie and Bob were two names my own husband frequently mentioned during our baby name discussions, so I’m thinking that my hubby’s taste might be similar to that of Kendra and Jim, and my hubs was pushing hard for Stan during my last pregnancy (he loves those friendly “old man” nicknames). Bl. Stanley Rother was beatified in September of 2017, and would make a great, fairly recent patron. St. Stanislaus is also a great patron with a cool link to St. John Paul. And I spotlighted both Stanley and Stanislaus here and I have to say, rereading that post has me all kinds of convinced! I think Stanley is tied with Oliver as my favorite idea for this baby! 😀

(8) Walter nn Walt (or Walsingham?)
Speaking of Stan-ish nicknames, I’ve seen Walt pop up here and there in Catholic families because of Servant of God Walter Ciszek. I’d actually suggested Walt to my husband for our youngest, but as a nickname for the given name of Walsingham, after Our Lady of Walsingham (it’s in my book!). (He gave me points for creativity! But that was way too far outside his comfort zone. 😀 ) I’m guessing Walter is more Kendra and Jim’s speed than Walsingham, but either way I like Walt for them.

(9) Charles nn Cal, Chip, Charlie
Ooh I like Chip for this family! What a cuuuute nickname! And it has a 1950s peak in popularity (as a given name)! Chip has good usage as a nickname for Charles, and I do love Charles for this family! There are so many great Charles-es, as noted in that article I linked to in the Carol/Carolyn/Caroline/Carla/Karoline discussion above — it’s a great classic name that fits in well with Kendra’s other kids’ given names. In fact, I’m kind of surprised they don’t have Charles in there somewhere already! If they don’t care for Chip, Cal’s another great Charles nickname that I think would be smashing in their family, and the familiar Charlie is always great as well.

And those are all my ideas for Kendra and her hubby’s tenth baby! I would be thrilled if any of these hit the right note, but even if it just provided fodder for a fun and maybe fruitful conversation, I’d feel like I did my job.

As always, I’d love to hear your ideas/thoughts/suggestions for this baby, and I know Kendra would too! And because it’s still May, month of Our Lady💙, AND today’s the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, who’s particularly special to me, AND it’s a month before my fifth (!) blogiversary💃, I’m going to loop in another giveaway! TWO lucky winners will each receive:

–> A copy of Kendra’s book The Catholic All Year Compendium: Liturgical Living for Real Life (Ignatius Press, 2018)

AND

–> A copy of my book Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady (Marian Press, 2018)

Woo!! 🙌🙌🙌

How to enter:

Each person who offers name suggestions for Kendra and her hubby here on this post will have their name added to the hat for one of the prizes (Kendra’s book + my book).

Each person who offers name suggestions on my Instagram post and who follow me will have their name added to the hat for the other of the prizes (Kendra’s book + my book).

Please only leave ideas on the blog OR Instagram — honor system!

I’ll then choose one name from the comments here on the blog, and one name from the comments on my IG, and announce the two winners on Saturday, May 18, which is the day of Our Lady (by virtue of being Saturday) and St. John Paul II’s birthday! (Also my miracle sister‘s birthday!) A great day!! ❤ ❤ ❤

So let’s hear your suggestions for the little brother or sister of Jack, Betty, Bobby, Gus, Anita, Frankie, Lulu, Midge, and George!


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!

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202 thoughts on “Baby name consultation: Kendra from Catholic All Year!

  1. I’m a long time follower of Kendra and just love Jim’s blog. Their absolute trust in God is inspiring. So much so it reminds me of my own son’s name sake Garvan Byrne (https://youtu.be/5LFPTwVMUVE)
    So I’d like to suggest Garvan! It’s also Irish, I believe there is a Saint Garvan, it’s truly unique and gives a nod to Jim’s journey.

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  2. What a great post Kate! Your suggestions are all amazing. But since I want to enter the giveaway I’ll add Peter and Teresa to the names being considered. I’ve totally fallen for the nickname Pete which seems like it would fit with their family. Terry would be the mid-century nickname for Teresa or they could use Tess.

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  3. I’m throwing in my favorite Linus – with maybe Peregrine for a middle name – patron saint of cancer patients? For a more traditional but not so obscure name choice, Felix or Gregory. (Very papal!) Thomas or Albert (tommy or albie?) .
    Girls – Elaine or Grace?

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  4. I love Carmel across the board. For the Tierney’s I think Walter and Dorothy fit nicely of your suggestions. Peter, Joseph, Alice and Magdalen could work also.

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  5. I accidentally posted my thoughts about nicknames for Dolores on your previous post, oops! Beyond that, I loooove Walter for a boy – an inspired choice! If they don’t go the namesake route for Jim, i do think it might be nice to choose the name of a relevant intercessor as either a first or middle.

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  6. I love the name Susie or Suzy, and I think it fits perfectly. Another strong name would be Deborah (OT prophetess) and Deb/Debbie has that retro feel. My daughter just picked Stanislaus for her Confirmation Saint, so I can totally get on board with a baby Stan 😁

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  7. I’m wondering Jim’s middle name and if it would fit or allow for a Junior with a different name? Or just James/Jamie I would totally use especially in their circumstances! Another idea is something like James Edward/Edmund “Jed.” Junior is also cute! Also “Chip” for a junior or initials like “JT.”

    I love the girl ideas. “Kara/Cara/Carrie” for K/Caroline are so cute. I also like “Daisy” for Margaret, “Kit/Kitty” for Katherine, and “Birdie” for Bernadette.

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  8. Love these suggestions! More ideas for boys: Arthur, Peter, Arnold (Arnie). For girls: I also like Alice (mentioned in a comment above already), Agnes, Jane. Sending prayers for Jim!

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  9. Carmel! Margaret (Peggy! Rita!)! Hank! Walt! I love so many of the names suggested! Only a couple of additional thoughts:

    For girls, instead of Karine, what about Carina? It would make a beautiful middle, meaning “dear, beloved” and it is the name of a saint, though not much is known about her. If you like Bernard or Bernadette, what about Bernadine nn Birdie? Finally, what about Deirdre? It might mean “daughter”, which struck me as relevant to naming a daughter after a father, and is another name for the Irish saint Ita.

    I don’t think I can top the suggestions for boy names, but I’d encourage you to consider either Nuno or Alvaro. I currently live in a former Portuguese colony and know numerous men by both names. They’re very wearable. And Alvaro could go by Al, which seems to fit very well with his siblings! (The emphasis here is on the first A, like AL-vah-ro.)

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  10. Re: Gloria—We have a relative named Gloria, who sometimes goes by “Glo” which seems to me like it would fit with the Tierney’s naming scheme!

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  11. I think you’ve made some great suggestions. I’m thinking Jeanette (Janey) might fit for a girl, as a kind of hybrid nod to James and St John Paul, and Perry for a boy (in honour of Saint Peregrine). All the best.

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  12. Great names, Kendra! And great suggestions, Kate. Brainstorming names that go with your style and have some sort of saint attached to the longer form, I think of nicknames Fred, Herbie, Chester, Chaz (for Charles), Ronnie, and Eddie.
    The girl names that come to mind are Kitty (for Katherine), Minnie (for Mary, Whilhelmina, Clementine,), Milly, and my favorite for you Maggie (for Margaret.)
    Can’t wait to hear what you pick!

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  13. Re: Carmel, Carmen is the name in Spanish to honor OL of Mount Carmel & I think it goes well with the siblings though they might have to work a bit harder on the nickname front.

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  14. Wow they already have chosen so many great names for their children! 🙂 I like John Paul for the connection with John Paul II, but I love it even more with the nickname Jack, I am a passionate lover of Jack be it as a full name or a nickname, and all the similar names. 😀 I also absolutely adore Elizabeth! And the nickname Lulu for Louise is so cute. And I like the Mary Jane combination.
    When I’ve read that Kendra and Jim would like the name of the baby to be connected to bl. Alvaro, I immediately thought of Oliver. 😂 Ollie would work so well for them I think. And for a girl, Dorothy really matches their style.
    I also don’t see anything wrong with reusing James. 🙂 Both me and my sister have the same middle, after our Mum, and while I’ve always thought it’s a bit of a pity because there are so many great names, I don’t see it as problematic either. When you mentioned Seamus as a possible alternative for James, I naturally thought of Hamish, which is one of my recent most favourites for boys and I absolutely adore it, and I think it could make a great middle name for their 10th child just as Seamus would. I like the idea of Gemma used as a form of James, and with such a great patron as Gemma Galgani it would be really great for them. Jamesina is endearing, and can be nicknamed to a lovely Jamie. Also, one quirky name came to my mind, as a way to honour Jim. It’s Jacobella, which as I can remember was the name of the mother of st. Frances of Rome, and it is a medieval Italian feminine form of Jacob. Quite bold and slightly exotic, but I can see it being nicknamed to something more familiar like Bella or Jackie.
    I think it’s a clever idea to honour Kendra’s sister Kara by something related to Katherine or Caroline, so that the girl could have a patron saint easily.
    Personally, I am not a big fan of Margaret, but this name really does have loads of brilliant patrons to choose from, and the idea of nicknaming it to Rita to get to st. Rita of Cascia is great, she’s a fabulous patron saint to have.
    I LOVE Dolores or Gloria for their family! The nickname Lori comes to my mind for both. Linda would be an incredibly interesting choice too.
    I love Carmel/Carmela/Carmella, maybe Carmen could work too, I guess apart from being connected to the Most Holy Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel and the Carmelite order, Carmen has a fair few patron saints as well. Though by the sound, I personally prefer Carmel much more. There’s also the Kar- sound, so a potential connection to Kara.
    Charles nn Chip would fit SO well for them in my opinion. 🙂

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  15. Prayers for Kendra’s family. Love all your suggestions. Here’s my spin on it.
    Barbara Katherine nn Babs
    Katherine Rachel nn Kara/ Kate
    Olivia Dei nn Olive/Ollie
    Alvaro James nn Al/Alvie/AJ
    James/Jim Alveres nn Junior/ Jimmy / JJ (jim jr)

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  16. So many good ideas here! The only one I’d recommend for a boy would be Santiago – St. James in Spanish, and the patron saint of Spain, where Bl Alvaro and St Josemaria are from. Santi is a great nickname. Praying for Jim and Kendra!

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  17. I love this, and I love these kids’ names! I have two more thoughts:
    Kara isn’t a saint name, but “Cara” means “face” in Spanish. St Therese’s full title is “St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face”, so a child named Cara/Kara could claim her as a patron. Cara also means “way” in Indonesian, which is especially pertinent if you’re a fan of Josemaría Escrivá. Finally, Cara evokes Carmel.

    Also, if they chose Catherine of Laboure, they could choose the nickname Zoe, as that was SCL’s childhood nickname. It means life, which seems especially pertinent during a time if I’ll was. Catherine “Zoe” Gloria strikes me as a praise for life in a time of illness. Also, SCL came from a large family, and I love the roles her siblings played in her formation. They sheltered her and petitioned their father to let her join religious life. When she was grown, they were humble and came to her for advice in spiritual matters. She even convinced her oldedt sister to return to the convent. I know Kendra has written about teaching her kids that they’re on each other’s team, and this family lives that out!

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  18. Girl: Dolores (nickname Dol, pronounced “doll”) Joan, Susan (Suzy or Zuzu!), Judith (Judy) Josephine (Jo), Teresa (Tracy), Dinah

    Boy: Richard (Ricky), Dean (because obvi), William, Arthur (Archie 😜) Albert (Bertie)

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    • I really like Seamus. My dad’s name is James but his Irish mother always called him Seamus 😍 I also love Albert (albie or Bertie), Charles (Charlie) and solanus for a middle name. Bl Solanus Casey had a gift of healing and I’m partial because I’m from Detroit and have a Charles Solanus of my own. I like Helena and Victoria (our lady of victory) similar to liberty. Love the blog and all the name suggestions!

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  19. One of my favorite girl names is Eleanor, which seems to fit well with their other names. Cute nicknames could be Ellie, Ella, or Nora. I’ve seen Eleanor as an alternate name for Helen/Helena, that could be the saint connection. BUT even better, it was the given name of Bl. Archangela Girlani, who was a Carmelite!
    I don’t have a new suggestion for boys names, but I LOVE Jameson for them!

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  20. Best wishes to Kendra & Jim!

    Of your suggestions I love:
    Carolyn, nn Cara or Carlie/Carly
    Susan, nn Susie ❤❤
    Dolores or Dorothy, nn Doey (rhymes with Joey)
    Walter, nn Walt or Wally

    My suggestions:
    Marguerite, nn Mae, Maisie or Margie, hard “g”
    Rosalee, Rosalie
    Virginia nn Ginger or Ginny

    Christopher James, nn Chip or CJ
    Cyrus James, nn Cy
    Henry Jameson, nn Hal
    James Bruno, nn Jay or JB
    Jerome Bernard, nn Jerry or JB
    Richard, nn Chip or Ricky
    Simon, for St. Simon Stock
    Vincent Alvaro, nn Vince or Vinny
    William Seamus, nn Billy

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  21. Christina/Christopher after Christ. I have a few friends with James as their lil girls middle name. Jamie is a cute nickname for jamasina. I love grace for the middle name for a girl

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  22. This is a great list! Some other ideas: Helen, Ellen, Ruth, Joan, Gerald (and the true throwback counterpart, Geralyn), Daniel, Christopher, Eugene. My parents are a Susan (Sue) and a Ted so I am loving seeing those names on this list!

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  23. What amazing name suggestions!! I love Kendra and Jim’s naming style. I thought I’d just add that my grandma is Dolores with the nickname Dot or Dottie, so that’s another option!

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  24. Katherine nn Kitty or Lydia (yes, I’m trying to complete the Bennett sisterhood!)
    Maybe Helena nn Lena.

    I love the idea of Henry nn Hank for this family. Also:
    – Michael nn Mike (patron saint of armed forces)
    – Peter
    – Thomas nn Tommy
    – Anthony

    Some Carmelite saint names: Theresa (nn Tessa or Tess), Edith, Simon.

    Also, Kendra, could you spread the word about helping Charlotte?

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  25. I can’t believe they haven’t used Teresa yet, especially with the Carmelite connection! Some good nicknames (my fave is Tess/Tessa), and I think it fits their style. Also so does Simon (for Simon Stock).
    I think Margaret is a great name for this family (and totally on my list as well, God willing). I could totally see a Peggy as part of the Tierney clan. Also could see a Dorothy (we have a family member with a 3yo Dorothy nn Dottie).

    For boy names, they could throw Santiago in the middle name spot to honor Dad. Lulu has a Spanish-y middle name, so this one could fit. Or what about just naming him first and middle after Dad (James ??) and calling him Junior.

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  26. I love Kendra and her family (and their names). I can’t believe no one has suggested Martha (who’s been on my mind since Holy Week). Mamie, Matty, and Maisie would all be cute nicknames, or just Martha on its own. I’d vote for Martha Bernadette (in honor of their trip to Lourdes) or Martha Jemima.

    I like the Oliver/Ollie, Charles/Chip, and Linus suggestions with Jacob as the middle. And I’ll add Barnaby to the mix. Barney would be great for this Catholic/midcentury crew.

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  27. Love the BNW!! One of my all-time faves.
    I like Margaret, but not nn Peggy because of “Hamilton.” 🙂
    Jameson is kind of fun, and you could nn Jem, like Anne of Green Gables, or Jims, like Rilla of Ingleside, or Jimmy.
    I’m only using the smallest fraction of my brain on this right now, so maybe I’ll try again later…

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    • Oh no, I’m not familiar with Hamilton (except how people who haven’t seen it know about it), if it affects baby naming I have to get up to speed!! Love Jem and Jims, so cute.

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