St. Bairfhion of Killbarron, also referred to as Barrfoin or Barrindus, was a 6th-century Irish saint who led a church established by St. Columba in Offaly, and was said to have sailed to America even before St. Brendan the Navigator. Perfect for a child with a sense of adventure!
St. Serapion the Sindonite was an early desert monk who led an ascetic life in 4th-century Egypt. His devotion was an inspiration to others as monastic life became more established during this period.
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Blessed Zynoviy Kovalyk, a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest and martyr, has a tricky name indeed and is sometimes referred to as Zenon or Zenobius. When imprisoned by the Soviet secret police in 1940, he continued his ministry despite being tortured and was eventually martyred in 1941. Full of character, Zynoviy apparently had a great singing voice and was a very joyous person -- wonderful qualities for a little boy.
St. Aceptismas of Hnaita, also known as Acepsimas, was a Persian bishop. When he was more than 80 years old, he was beaten to death as a result of the persecutions of King Shapur II in 4th-century Persia.
For those with a love of all things Celtic, St. Vimin of Holywood was a Scottish bishop who was dedicated to evangelizing the region of Fife. He founded Holywood -- not to be confused with Hollywood! -- the birthplace of many holy and learned men.
St Pollio of Cybalae was an Italian saint who was a lector in the Church of Cybalae in the late 3rd century. Refusing to make sacrifice to idols, Pollio was killed during the persecutions of Diocletian in 304. A great name for a boy who will stick to his principles.
St. Alphege the Bald, also known as Ælfheah -- which doesn't seem much easier to pronounce! -- was the bishop of Winchester in 10th-century England. He started out as a monk in the court of King Athelstan and later played an integral part in monastic reforms. You may or may not want to leave "the bald" off the name, though, for your own little boy!
This name stems from the Greek meaning theone that holds everything. It was the name of a 14-year-old boy who became St. Pancras of Rome. His faith was so strong that he refused to make sacrifices to Roman gods and as a result he was beheaded at the beginning of the 4th century during the Diocletian persecutions.