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Your guide to baby boy names inspired by saints around the world

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Cerith Gardiner - published on 05/29/21

Take inspiration from these beautiful and meaningful names.

If you’re about to welcome a little boy into your family, you might be searching for the perfect name. While this task can be a little tricky, we’ve hopefully made it a little easier for you by sharing these lists of names of holy men from countries far and wide.

Italian charm

Some of the Church’s most popular saints come from Italy, a country rich in Catholic history and culture. So bring a little Mediterranean flair to your family with some of these beautiful monikers.

10 Inspirational Italian saints’ names for baby boys

Admirable friars

Look to these humble friars to inspire you in your choice. Not only did these men live devout lives, they are also the perfect example of how to live a life in service to others. (There are a few really cute and unusual names in there, too!)

9 Baby names inspired by notable Franciscan friars

Uniquely inspirational

One of the beauties of Catholicism is its apostolic tradition, and the diversity of those who practice it. As a result there have been some holy men who’ve achieved sainthood with some unique names — like these 8 saints.

8 Perfectly unusual but inspiring saint names for your baby boy

Ancient Eire

Irish history is full of legends about fearless saints who fought for their religion, or founded some pretty impressive monasteries in the Emerald Isle and further afield. Lots of these names are a little tricky in their Gaelic form, but you can always opt for the more Americanized version if you prefer.

Irish saint names for your baby boy

Papal influence

Many of these names will be familiar to you, as they were held by some of the Church’s most influential and spiritual men. Your newborn will be in great company with any of these names.

10 Timeless names for your baby boy inspired by historical popes

Inspiring Asia

Look to Asia and you’ll find many martyrs who spent their lives — often short — spreading the Word of God and converting many to Christianity. They also played a vital role in their communities, trying to care for the most vulnerable and enabling many to have an education. It would be an honor for a little boy to bear any of these names.

12 Inspirational baby names from Asia’s holiest men

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