Baby Names Inspired By Saints (Like Valentine!)

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I got to thinking about other popular (and not so popular) names that were made famous by historical figures who were sainted. There’s a plethora of lovely names to choose from when it comes to saints, and I picked 21 favorites for you. Click through to see them, their meanings, and a bit about the saint they were made popular by.

  • St. Valentine

    St. Valentine

    He was a widely recognized third century Roman saint commemorated on February 14th with a tradition of love

    The name Valentine means “strong”

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  • St. Augustine

    St. Augustine

    St. Augustine was a Latin philosopher and theologian and is generally considered one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time.

    The name Augustine means “The Exalted One”

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  • St. Angelina

    St. Angelina

    She was a princess in Albania in the 15th century. She was proclaimed a saint by the Serbian Orthodox Church because of her pious life.

    The name Angelina means “angelic”

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  • St. Austin

    St. Austin

    Another name by which St. Augustine was known. St. Augustine was a Latin philosopher considered to be one of the greatest Christian thinkers of all time

    The name Austin means “Great, Magnificent”

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  • St. Antonia

    St. Antonia

    She was born and lived in Florence. She was said to have pronounced patience, virtue, and wisdom.

    The name Antonia means “Beyond Price, Valuable”

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  • St. Blane

    St. Blane

    He was a Bishop in Scotland and died in 590. Several miracles are related to him including a resurrection of a boy who had passed away.

    The name Blane means “Yellow”

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  • St. Aurea

    St. Aurea

    She was a native of Spain where she served as a nun and was famed for her visions and miracles.

    The name Aurea is a variation of Aurelia or Aria which means “Gold” or “Lioness” respectively

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  • St. Breccan

    St. Breccan

    He was a saint of the Isle of Aran although this name also appears in myth.

    The name Breccan means “Freckled, Speckled”

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  • St. Colette

    St. Colette

    She lived in France and was venerated as the patron saint of women seeking to conceive because of a number or miraculous events during her life

    The name Colette means “Victory of the People”

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  • St. Cassian

    St. Cassian

    He lived in Italy where he was a teacher. He is the patron said of schoolteachers as well.

    The name Cassian means “hollow”

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  • St. Gemma

    St. Gemma

    She was an Italian mystic and has been called the “Daughter of Passion” and was venerated as a saint y the Roman Catholic Church

    The name Gemma means “Precious Stone”

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  • St. Fabian

    St. Fabian

    He came to Rome during a Papal election during which a dove landed on his head and everyone proclaimed him “worthy” to be pope and he was elected.

    The name Fabian means “Bean”

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  • St. Matilda

    St. Matilda

    She lived in Denmark and was the daughter of a count. She is the patron saint of parents of large families and married King Henry I or Germany.

    The name Matilda means “Battle Ready”

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  • St. Finnian

    St. Finnian

    He was a founder of churches in Ireland. It is said that because of his gentle spirit, birds would gather around him

    The name Finnian means “Fair”

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  • St. Phoebe

    St. Phoebe

    She lived in Bible times and was actually mentioned in Paul’s letter to the Romans. Some scholars believe she is responsible for delivering Paul’s letter to the Roman Christian church.

    The name Phoebe means “Radiant, Shining One”

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  • St. Julian

    St. Julian

    He built an inn for travelers and a hospital for the poor and is the patron saint of travelers.

    The name Julian means “Youthful”

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  • St. Seraphina

    St. Seraphina

    She was born in Italy to a poor family and was known for her self denial and acts of penance.

    The name Seraphina means “Fiery”

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  • St. Rufus

    St. Rufus

    He was a citizen of Antioch brought to Rome during the reign of Emperor Trajan.

    The name Rufus means “Red head”

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  • St. Tatiana

    St. Tatiana

    Not much is known about her other than that she was a Christian martyr in the 3rd century in Rome. She was said to have had miracles happen in her life.

    The name Tatiana means “Fairy Queen”

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  • St. Rupert

    St. Rupert

    He was a bishop and a missionary in Germany and is revered as the Apostle of Bavaria and Austria

    The name Rupert means “Bright Fame”

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  • St. Verena

    St. Verena

    She was originally from Egypt but settled in Switzerland after searching for a relative there.

    The name Verena means “Integrity”

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