I know you’ll love this: I was telling my eight-year-old about someone we know whose name is Emmanuel. “His name is ‘God with us’?!” he exclaimed in amazement. 😂😂😂 (Someone’s paying attention at Mass! 💃💃💃)
I loved these two recent posts at Swistle:
Baby Girl Vansanover: Is the Name Bernadette Too Catholic?
I was surprised at the number of people that felt Bernadette was not as Catholic as might have been thought, and instead comes across as a vintage up-and-coming name. I was even more surprised at the number of commenters who didn’t know why anyone would think it was a Catholic name! Even commenters who identified as Catholic in some way (currently practicing or lapsed)!
Baby Girl Carrot-with-an-M, Sister to Avila and Rose
This family is Catholic, and there was a fun discussion about the name Zelie, including a poll on pronunciation.
Abby at Appellation Mountain spotlighted the name St. John (Sinjin) recently, which always makes me think of Haley from Carrots for Michaelmas because it was on her list of names for Baby Hildi if she’d been a boy. And a few days before St. John, Abby also spotlighted Jacinta!!
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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Oh, I missed that about Haley – she’s a great namer!
Re: Bernadette. Years ago, I was working with a mom who had a son named Ignatius. I assumed she was Catholic – I mean, obviously, right? – except nope. They just loved the sound, the meaning, the history. It’s so funny what we THINK names are signalling … and what we miss at the same time …
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Yes! This reminds me of the post I did on Cate Blanchett’s children’s names — I was SO SURE that because she has a Roman and Ignatius (especially Ignatius!) that she must be Catholic. Nope! https://sanctanomina.net/2015/09/16/cate-closet-catholic/
I guess Catholic names are getting everyone’s attention!
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[…] that I really like Bernadette for them! It’s definitely an up-and-coming name vintage-y name, as we discussed recently on the blog, and it was also in my recent saintly nicknames post (which I submitted as my February CatholicMom […]