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how are saint names given

wheni was younger my ex's family were hispanic and most of them catholic, and they were all given saint names..example blake was known as "blake christopher" etc etc. how are they given? what is the purpose behind it? does it have someting to do with god parents?

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Asked by moki1984 at 1:08 PM on Jul. 9, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Often in European & Hispanic countries (any place that had a strong Roman Catholic influence in their culture) children are given the name (usually a middle name now, as you mentioned) of the saint of the day they are born. So if you are born on St. Johns Day, John is in your name.

    Answer by nysa00 at 1:11 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • ohhh so it snot really chosen , its whatever day your born on.

    is it just males that get saiht names or females too?

    Answer by moki1984 at 1:12 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • my daughter was given the female version of the priest who baptised me, my son was named after my great g-pa really you pick a name and most the time you will find a saint that has that name or you find your favorite saint and put it as the middle name. the parents pick out the name in the end and each parent has a different method of picking out a name for their kids.

    Some pick out their child's name by making endless polls on cafemom lol

    Answer by drink-lover at 1:19 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • lol

    Answer by moki1984 at 1:20 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • well my daughter doesnt have a saint name...but i do think her name is sorta heavenly hehe

    (seraphim angelique )

    Answer by moki1984 at 1:20 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • It can be both, but is more often seen in males. Females more often had Mary included in their name, but you still find women born on saints days with "male" middle names so they could be named after the saint of the day of their birth, or given the first name of a female saint if born on a female saints day. Some cultures believed it gave you the special protection of that saint, but others seemed to have just believed it was the proper thing to honor the saints.

    Answer by nysa00 at 1:21 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • well, i was raised Catholic, and at confirmation we picked our saint name.

    Answer by MommyLee08 at 1:27 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • 8th grade, everyone I knew was whining about having the write the essay on their saint before confirmation. A lot of them picked "easy" saints just because it made the essay easier to write. Like, every girl was Theresa.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:29 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • lol

    Answer by moki1984 at 1:31 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

  • Love the heavely quality of your daughter's name! You don't have to name a child by the saint - but somecultures name a child based on a saint's feast day.  Today is the feast of St. Augustine Zhao Rong but there are several other saints that have the same feast day.  Saints are Christians in heaven - so the idea is then the child will have a special friend in heaven looking out for them.  AAt Confirmation a child pick their own patron saint - a confirmation name.  Some choose to stick with their baptismal saint, others choose someone different.  But again - it's the idea of a special friend in heaven.


    Answer by eringobrough at 2:10 PM on Jul. 9, 2009

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