Emmanuel

In St. Matthew's Gospel (Mt. 1:23) when the angel appears in a dream to St. Joseph, he says: “’Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means, ‘God is with us.’” It's a beautiful name to remind us that our Lord never abandons us and gives us rays of light, such as the birth of a child.

Anastasia

Widely used in Russia, given great popularity by the daughter of Tsar Nicholas II, its origin is Greek from the word anastasios, which means "one who is born again" or "resurrection.” It’s an appropriate name for girls who arrive during this “new normal” we’re beginning.

Gabriel

This is the name of one of the three archangels mentioned in the Bible, and the one give the important task of announcing the Incarnation of the Son of God. That’s why Gabriel means "God's messenger” but it is also synonymous with joy and strength, like the message he bore to Mary. You can also use the female form for a girl: Gabriela.

Letitia

Of Latin origin, this name means "happiness,” and it could be translated as "one that brings joy.” It’s a beautiful name to let your daughter know that, although she came into the world in adverse circumstances, her birth was still a reason to rejoice when good news was most needed.

Hope

This one doesn't need much explanation. In a world where bad news surrounds us, a baby is like a seed that must be cared for and protected to bear abundant fruit. Hope speaks to us both of faith and of the desire for a better future.

Raphael

Also the name of an archangel, it means "God's medicine.” According to the Book of Tobit (Tb. 11,1-14) this archangel gave Tobias a spiritual remedy to cure his father's blindness. It’s a very special name for a baby who comes to heal “illness,” which could range from the sadness of a mother who experienced infertility to the sorrow of a family that lost a loved one to the pandemic.

Noah

Of Hebrew origin, this name means "peace" or "rest.” Although for many people the time of confinement was more than 40 days, it’s a wink to the story of Noah and the Ark, in which he and his family had to be "locked up" during the Great Flood.  Above all, it’s a great reminder that calm always comes after the storm.

Matthew

Besides being the name of one of the 12 apostles and one of the 4 evangelists, it means "gift of God.” It’s perfect for those who found out about their pregnancy during quarantine, especially for couples who were trying to have a baby for a long time and were taken by surprise when he finally arrived.

Nadia

A feminine name of Arabic origin, it means "hope.” It’s also used in many Slavic countries.

Elias

From Hebrew, it means "instrument of God.” If you think your baby comes at a particularly special time and is like a message from the Lord, this name is just right.

Leonard

Being born in these times isn't easy, so if you consider your baby to be a fighter, go ahead and give him this name of Germanic origin that means "he who is strong like a lion."