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Picking a baby's name is tough. We totally understand, and that's why we've put together a list of names for boys and girls inspired by Catholic saints. Many of these names have a modern twist that still honor and celebrate the saint it commemorates.

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The idea that all Catholic saints names are antiquated is, err, antiquated. Of course, there are ton of Old Testament-inspired names that would not work today. However, there are ways to honor your faith and name your child after a saint without naming him Abraham or calling her Philomena. 

We've done all of the research for you and have curated the best modern and cool names that your baby can rock with pride. Keep reading!

Adrian 1

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You may not have even known this is a saint's name, because it is quite a popular and modern pick for boys. Plus, it's strong name that will likely be attached to an outgoing personality.

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Aeden 2

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This name is great because besides being inspired by a saint, it is super hip. There are many boys (and some girls) named Aidan, but Aeden is a rarer choice, which makes it perfect if you are looking for your choice to stand out.

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Alban 3

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Alban is not only a great name that is short and catchy, but the story behind how Alban, recognized as the first martyr of Britain, became a Saint is also pretty cool.

 

Blane 4

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This name may sound as country music's next big star, but it is actually a Catholic saint's name.

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Brendan 5

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St. Brendan the Voyager was an Irish priest and become one of the most well-known misionaries who traveled throughout Europe and spread the Catholic faith. How cool to be named after a voyager!

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Conan 6

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Although it may sound as the name of a great Viking warrior, Conan is also a Catholic saint's name.

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Cyrus 7

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It's a very old name, of a man who practiced medicine in Jerusalem, which basically means he was seen as nothing short of a magician. However, the name stands out and it is still short and recognizable, which makes it quite trendy in urban areas in America.

Edwin 8

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I've always felt Edwin is a great name. It sounds Dutch, or even Scandinavian, but it is in fact the name of the first King of Northumbria, a medieval region on Northern England.

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Fabian 9

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This one is perfect because it goes well both in English and Spanish, although it has a definite refined French touch.

Gerard 10

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A wonderful name, full of energy and sophistication. But also, who doesn't want to have a name that reminds people of actor Gerard Butler?

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Hugh 11

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It is a Catholic saint's name that short and powerful, to say the least.

James 12

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This is a very well-known in the Catholic faith, as Apostle James was a key figure in the Bible, but nowadays the name is super trendy. Whether you love LeBron James, James Rodríguez or James Bond, the name is bound to be a hit with your new baby boy.

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Kilian 13

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Kilian was a martyr from the seventh century AD, but beyond that, his name is not overused and, yet, it has this special vibe that makes it quite attractive.

Leo 14

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Whether you use Leonardo, Leon or Leo, you are giving your child an amazing name. A name of Popes, and the diminutive for some great man of science (like Leonardo Da Vinci) and powerful Emperors (Leonidas). The name is definitely trendy nowadays, because just like Diego became a hit in the 90s (because of Diego Maradona), many soccer lovers are choosing Leo after the kind of the sport, Maradona's fellow countryman Leo Messi.

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Maximus 15

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If you loved Gladiator, then you must love Maximus as a name for your next baby. There are various saints named Maximus in the Catholic faith, so choose your favorite. Your son can go by Max while he is a child.

Philip 16

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Philip has a nice European ring to it. A Philip may be French, German, Dutch, but his name is inspired by St. Philip, who was one of the 12 Apostles.

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Sebastian 17

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This is one of the best names ever given. It goes well in any language and it is as gritty as it is sophisticated.

Simon 18

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Another name that works in many different languages. It is a respectable name no matter how you look at it, which will add lots of character to your baby.

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Valentine 19

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This one is for the adventurous. Paying respect to the patron saint of lovers is amazing, and while the name is quite popular in Spanish, it isn't as much in English. Still, it will make your kid stand out in the crowd, and he can carry it with pride.

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Not only was Xavier one of the coolest comic book characters of all time, but it is also quite a distinguished name. Saint Xavier was one of the first Jesuits, who traveled to China in the 16th century to spread the Catholic faith.

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Agatha 21

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Agatha is a Catholic saint's name, a woman who became one of Catholicism's most revered martyrs.

Alexis 22

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What a pretty name. To me it has a Greek ring to it, which immediately makes you think of the sun, the sea and summers. It is inspired by a male saint, but the name is totally unisex nowadays.

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Anastasia 23

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This sounds quite like an aristocratic name. It is the name of a Catholic Saint, a martyr born in Sirmium, a northern region of the Roman Empire.

Anne 24

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I've always loved how short and sweet Anne sounds. Even more so than Anna or Ana. It is a very delicate name, but also full of warmth and it is inspired by the Catholic saint who was the mother of Virgin Mary.

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Bridget 25

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You probably have never met a Bridget who didn't conquer your heart. The name is just bubbly and fun, and most people named after a Catholic saint share those traits with it.

Cecilia 26

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A beautiful name that goes well in Spanish and English. Who wouldn't want to have a little Ceci running around the house?

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Clare 27

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St. Clare of Assiss was the daughter of a noble Roman family. Maybe that's why Clare has such a sophisticated ring to it. You can just picture a happy, bright-eyed girl named Clare.

Colette 28

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Colette was a very hip name in the 1920s in Paris, and as with everything from that era, it has made a comeback. You cannot deny it has beautiful ring to it, and you can see it aging well with your baby.

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Faith 29

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Could there be a more beautiful name for someone looking for inspiration in Catholic saints' names than Faith? Likely not.

Helena 30

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St. Helena was the mother of Constantine the Great, one of the most important kings of the Roman Empire. Helena was also the name of a powerful Greek warrior. There you go. Two amazing reasons to name your baby girl Helena.

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Hillary Clinton mobilized the masses and made her name synonymous with strong, prepared and independent. Little did you know that it was also a Catholic saint's name (St. Hillary was a male bishop, though). It also derives from the Latin "hilarius," which means cheerful.

Isabel 32

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Another aristocratic name that exudes power and gusto. Isabel works beautifully in any language, and it pays tribute to St. Isabel of France, daughter of King Louis VII.

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Jane 33

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If Tarzan fell in love with her, we can all see how beautiful the name Jane is. It is also the name of a French Catholic saint.

Joan 34

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Much like Colette, Joan was very hip decades ago, in this case more like the 50s and 60s. However, it is making a comeback because it is short, catchy and full of spunk.

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Julie 35

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Such a beautiful name. It has that nice French touch a lot of people like in their child's name, for an extra fancy swirl.

Matilda 36

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This used to be quite an old name that has also made a comeback in the last few years. It is cute and full of personality, and it is inspired in a Catholic saint who was Queen of Germany in the 10th Century.

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Melania 37

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Keeping with the political inspiration, if you like the United States First Lady's name, you'll be happy to know it also belonged to a Catholic saint.

Sabina 38

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Sabina is a strong, independent and adventorous name, inspired by St. Sabina, a martyr of the Roman Empire in the second century AD, when the Empire still persecuted Catholics.

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Veronica 39

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A refined name that works well in any language, Veronica is a sure bet for anyone looking for a strong name for their daughter.

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Not a very common name, but how cool is it? To me it rings Hungarian or Eastern European, although St. Zita was actually born in modern day Italy and is the saint patron of domestic servants.

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