In the past, I’ve tended to include Saintly place names in lists of Saintly surnames, but my mind was clicking recently about place names specifically, so I wanted to see how many we can come up with. There are two categories: (1) what I’m thinking of as the “of” categories (St. So-and-so of Somewhere) and (2) places that have faithy associations.
“Of” names (with their Saints) (in no particular order)
- St. Bernard of Clairvaux
- St. Joseph of Cupertino
- St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of Avila
- St. Joan of Arc (d’Arc)
- St. Francis of Assisi
- St. Augustine of Hippo
- St. Pio of Pietrelcina
- St. Ignatius of Antioch
- St. Ignatius of Loyola
- St. Thérèse of Lisieux
- St. Elizabeth of Hungary
- St. Margaret of Scotland
- St. Rita of Cascia
- St. Catherine of Siena, St. Bernardine of Siena
And of course there are all the Marian places (Our Lady of Fatima, etc.).
Other place (or place-associated) names (in no particular order)
- Roma, Roman
- Magdalene (of Magdala)
- Belén (Bethlehem)
- Nazaret (Nazareth)
- Olivet (Mount of Olives)
I’ve seen a lot of these used for babies, and others not used at all … some probably aren’t name-worthy (like Hippo), while others I haven’t seen at all but could be perfect for the right family (maybe Pietrelcina? It’s related to Peter [it literally means “small stones/pebbles,” as far as I can tell]).
I know there are loads more — what would you add to these lists? Happy Monday!
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