Catch me on the radio tomorrow morning!

You might remember that I was on the radio show Jon Leonetti in the Morning on Iowa Catholic Radio (1150am, 88.5fm and 94.5fm) last year, and I’ll be on with him again tomorrow morning! Tune in at 7:45am central time (8:45am eastern) to hear us chatting about the baby naming process! Even if you’re not in Iowa, you can tune in online — I hope some of you can listen and let me know how I did! (And keep the ideas for Kortnee’s baby girl coming!)


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 expectant parents, name enthusiasts, and lovers of Our Lady!

Check out Radiant magazine!

Do any of you subscribe to the lovely Radiant Magazine? If so, you’ll find me in the current issue! There are other wonderful articles in there as well, but one of my favorites is about Sr. Faustina Maria Pia, a Sister of Life who’s also a twin — you’ll have to read to see what her sister’s name is! 😍😍😍 A beautiful magazine altogether, and I’m honored to be included in it!

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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!

Check out this great article!

Christina interviewed me recently for an article she was writing, I love how it came out!! I know you all will too, and as an added bonus my hubby said it would be okay to share our girl name in the article — the name we’ve saved through all these pregnancies! The article has appeared in several online publications; you can find it at:

Today’s Catholic from the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend

The Colorado Catholic Herald from the Diocese of Colorado Springs

Northwest Catholic from the Archdiocese of Seattle

The Visitor from the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota

And I believe it’s been in some print ones as well — if you spot it in your diocese’s newspaper/magazine or elsewhere, please let me know!

The link is live!

I shared yesterday that I have a short interview with host Mary on Coffee & Donuts with John & Mary airing on Mater Dei Radio tonight at 7:30 Pacific (10:30 Eastern [my time]). It’s also already been uploaded to iTunes — you can listen to it here! I’m off to do so right now! And stay tuned for my thoughts on the new Social Security 2017 data released today — I posted about it on Instagram and have been enjoying seeing the conversation on IG and Twitter today! I hope to put some thoughts up here tomorrow. Happy Mother’s Day weekend!

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Catch me on the radio!

I recorded a short segment today that will air on Mater Dei Radio tomorrow night (Friday, May 11) at 7:30pm Pacific during the Coffee & Donuts with John & Mary segment and Monday morning (May 14) between 7 and 8am Pacific on the Morning Drive segment!

Mater Dei Radio is a Catholic, lay-owned and operated, radio ministry broadcasting the truth and beauty of the Faith on KBVM 88.3 FM in the areas of Portland and Salem, Oregon and Vancouver in Washington, as well as on KMME 94.9 and 100.5 FM in Eugene and Cottage Grove, Oregon – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Mater Dei Radio can also be heard online at www.MaterDeiRadio.com — great for those of us (myself included!) who don’t live in the listening area!

Mary and I had a great time chatting about my book — I hope you can listen in!


My book, Catholic Baby Names for Girls and Boys: Over 250 Ways to Honor Our Lady, is now available to order from ShopMercy.org (free shipping through tomorrow, May 12!) and Amazon! It’s a perfect Mother’s Day gift, as well as for baby showers and just because. If you feel moved to leave a review on Amazon, it would be greatly appreciated. 🙂 ❤

I was mentioned in a Scary Mommy video, nbd

OHMYGOSH YOU GUYS!! Check out the latest Name Dame video at Scary Mommy — not only is it awesome because it features families who wanted to have their culture represented in their kids’ names and their thought process behind their choices, but also: I’M MENTIONED IN IT!!! What!

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This is just a screenshot; to watch the video click here!

I got an email from a lovely lady at Scary Mommy a while ago asking about Sancta Nomina and what goes on here for their video series on names, and we had a great chat about Catholic names and saints and Marian apparitions and Catholic naming trends, which was so fun for me to share with someone who isn’t as familiar — she was totally wonderful about it all and asked really great questions — and I’ve been maybe obsessively checking their site ever since, waiting to see what they’d do with the info I provided, and though she initially wasn’t sure where I would fit in, I really love being included in the conversation about keeping one’s culture alive in the naming of one’s babies. Such a nice shout-out! I’m so excited for a new audience to have access to all the great info we discuss here!

I’d love to hear what you all think of the video! And thanks to Clare for letting me know it had posted!

Compliments for Sancta Nomina (all of us!)

You all know I’ve been writing for CatholicMom.com for a couple of years, and I’ve always loved that it’s an award-winning site with a lot of amazing contributors — it’s such an honor to be a part of it! So you can imagine how thrilled I was to read that, in explaining why CatholicMom.com was awarded second place (!!!) in the Best Group or Association Blog category at the Catholic Press Association Awards ceremony in Quebec in June, evaluators noted:

This blog covered a wide range of subjects including: baby name suggestions, holiday specials, service trip information, book reviews, grief, technology, etc. There was an abundance of content, which made evaluating each article nearly impossible, but demonstrates a commitment to the blog and to providing the readers with interesting and diverse content.”

Did you notice which subject was listed first? I’m pretty sure I’m the only one writing about baby names — at least regularly — so I squealed a little with excitement when I read that!

I also wanted to share the lovely thing Abby from Appellation Mountain said about us all in her July 2 Sunday Summary:

I’m grateful for many things, but this community of namers nears the very top of my list.”

What an amazing thing to say! And I totally agree with her about you all, 100%. ❤

Go Forth podcast with *me* is now available! Give a listen!

You guys! In yesterday’s consultation post I told you that the Go Forth with Heather and Becky podcast with ME as a guest would air today and … ta da! It’s up! Ahhh!! Episode 60 — Kate Towne: What’s in a {Catholic} Name?

I’m listening to it right now and I’m loving how Heather and Becky edited it — I don’t sound half bad! 😀 Do please excuse the fact that I was sucking on a mint during the whole thing (I was trying so hard to not sound like I had a dry mouth and instead I sounded like I was swallowing and smacking the whole time, gah!).

Also, I had a chance to mention each one of my siblings’ names except one, which is hilariously awful because I had texted them all ahead of time to ask if they would mind if I shared their names and the one who texted back first and most enthusiastically is the only one whose name didn’t come up in the the podcast conversation! So I’m delighted to share here that her name is Stephanie, named for our dad Stephen, and she’s always gone by the name Stevie. In her text she even said, “You can refer to me as the one and only Stevie Wonder.” 😎😎😎

Whew! Now that that’s sorted, be sure to head on over and listen, and if you haven’t yet offered your name suggestions to Heather, be sure to do so!

I’m over at Jenny’s blog today!

You all know Jenny Uebbing from her awesome blog Mama Needs Coffee (awesome because of the content, of course — she’s direct and hard-hitting and courageous when writing about the issues facing Catholics today, which I love so much — and awesome because of the name of the blog. Sing.It.Sister), and also from the times I’ve had her here: the name consultation I did for her when she was expecting her youngest, and the subsequent birth announcement, for which this meme was surely made:

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From Catholic Memes

Get it? Get it? 😂😂😂 Star Wars + Catholic. My life is made. 😍

Anyway! Amazing Jenny, fellow JP2 fangirl, has just posted an interview with … me! And I give most of the credit for how it turned out to her — she asked great questions! I had to dig deep and do some research and pull together some things I’d been wanting to track down and I’m so glad I did, because it ended up being a great compilation of some important resources for Catholic namers (because of it, I created this new tab up at the top: Catholic Church On Naming, which I’ll add to as I find additional resources).

I’d love to know what you think of the interview! (I’m also dying over one of the tags she gave it — “Catholics Do What?” Hahahaha!)

Also, you’ll see at the end that I was given the go-ahead to mention two upcoming exciting things, both of which I’ll tell you more about soon, but quickly, regarding the second thing, I just wanted to let you know it became available for pre-order yesterday (the cover’s coming, don’t fear). You’ll notice that I wrote that very calmly and without any undignified exclamation points. You should in no way take this to mean that I haven’t been gasping for breath and doing touchdown dances in the privacy of my home over being in an actual published book.

And I’ve already blabbed too much. So sorry to keep you! I hope Jenny’s piece makes your Friday even more fun! ❤❤❤

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Awesome name article by Simcha Fisher

Oooooh check out what’s on Aleteia today!

From Ambrose to Zelie: For Catholic Babies, Old Is the New New: Fulton and Vianney, Felicity and Avila, Giorgio and Elias are all showing up in 21st century baptismal books by Simcha Fisher (whose consultation I posted in January 2015 introduced me little blog to so many of you).

Simcha may or may not have interviewed a certain Catholic name blogger when she was writing the article … and said name blogger may or may not be quote more than once (!) in the article. 😊😍😁😎

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I really really loved how Simcha finished the piece:

“… when St. Gemma herself was baptized, her mother reportedly feared that the child would never get into heaven without a saint’s name. The priest reassured her, saying, ‘Let us hope that she may become a gem of Paradise.’

So if mom and dad adore a name, but there’s no saint attached to it, maybe it’s just a matter of time.”

What a hopeful notion! I hadn’t known this about St. Gemma until one of you recently shared it (grace? I just took a quick look through the comments and couldn’t find it …).

(Interesting to note that St. Gemma was baptized even though she apparently didn’t have a saint’s name … I’ve been seeing mentions here and there recently about priests refusing to baptize babies without saints’ names, which I find really worrisome, especially since the Church doesn’t say they have to have them.)

Anyway! Be sure to check out the article — I’d love to hear what you think!