From the Latin "benedictus,” Benedict means "blessed.” Baptizing a child with this name will be a reminder at all times that he is loved by God.


Of Hebrew origin, the first name Elijah (or Elias) means "the Lord is my God." It’s an act of faith in a single word. The ancient name "Eliyahu" was formed from the two Hebrew words "El" and "Yah,” both meaning God. This name refers to the prophet Elijah from the Book of Kings, known for his great wisdom and his miracles.


The first name John comes from the Hebrew "Yehohanan,” meaning "God is gracious." Thus, the name John is a reminder of divine mercy, and calls to mind many great saints, including John the Evangelist, “the disciple whom Jesus loved.”


The name Emmanuel is taken from the Hebrew "immanu'el" which means "God is with us." It appears twice in the Bible. The first time is in the book of the prophet Isaiah: "Behold, the virgin is with child, and shall bear a son, and shall call his name Emmanuel (that is, God is with us)" (Is 7:14). The second time is in the Gospel according to St. Matthew, when the angel appears in a dream-vision to Joseph: "Behold, the Virgin shall conceive, and bear a son; and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which means: ‘God-with-us’” (Mt 1:23).


The first name Gabriel is formed from the Hebrew words "gabri" and "el" and means "strength of God." It’s the name given to one of the three archangels, St. Gabriel, the archangel of the Good News, the messenger of God. It is he, in fact, who announces to Zechariah that he’s going to have a son, John the Baptist, and who announces to Mary that she has been chosen to bear the Son of God.


Geoffroy comes from the Germanic "gaut" (God) and "frid" (peace) and therefore means "the peace of God." A baby with this name is a living symbol of peace!


Joseph—Yoseph, in Hebrew—literally means "God will increase my descendants.” It’s a promise made several times in the Bible, notably by the angel of the Lord to Abraham: "Because you have not denied me your son, your only son, I will fill you with blessings. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand by the sea" (Gn 22:16-17).


Derived from the Hebrew "Mattithyahū," the first name Matthew means "gift of God." It’s a beautiful way to recognize your child as a gift from Heaven.


Composed of the Hebrew terms "rapha" (to heal) and "el" (God), the first name Raphael means "God heals." It’s also the name given to one of the three archangels. Since in the Old Testament he accompanies and protects the young Tobias on his journey, the Church sees him as the guardian angel par excellence.


Of Hebrew origin, the first name Samuel has its roots in the first name "Shemuel" and means "his name is God." The prophet Samuel is the son of Anna, a barren woman, but who gave birth to Samuel, a true gift from God.


From the Hebrew "shim'ôn," the first name Simeon means "who is heard, answered" or more precisely "God has heard my suffering." It’s a name that calls upon God’s grace.


The name Theodore comes from the Greek "theos" (God) and "dorôn" (gift, offering) and therefore means "gift of God." A little boy with this name becomes the symbol of a gift from Heaven.