I have never met her and don’t think I have even conversed with her on the net. But if Dwija of House Unseen has her baby today, there are plenty of names to choose from. I am sure her and her husband have had plenty of chats on finding another name for a fifth child! Congrats and best of health to baby and mother! By the way, “Jared” is a pretty cool name. Stacy, remember that too!
In our small family of three, we went through the list to find names. Our first son is named Dominic. No, it doesn’t rhyme with my last name. Dom-in-ik vs. Ta-mon-ik. Dante convinced me to choose “Dominic.” The name comes from the Latin “Dominus” and translates as “the Lord’s possession.” It is often hard to remember this when fits, fights, and back-talk are being corrected, but it is nice to be calling on the name of the Lord whenever we say his name. Dante called St. Dominic “God’s holy athlete” and with our backgrounds in sport, we were excited to choose the “Dog of God.” Prior to “Dominic,” a few names I liked were: Athanasius, Anselm, and Polycarp.
Our second child was named “Anya” and this name was a sudden choice by my wife under drugs. Five minutes after the c-section, my wife leans over and asks me what we named her. Given it was just two minutes prior when my wife named her, I thought it a good idea to continue what she said. My preference was Anastasia or Scholastica. Given my Slavic heritage, I liked the sound of an Eastern name for St. Anne. Seven years and I still think the name is as beautiful as the day it was almost forgotten.
The little fart had his name chosen when we had the ultrasound and knew he was a boy. We were living in the city of St. Anthony at the time and the name took pride of place. Little did we know that he was going to surprise us two days earlier from the scheduled delivery date. When I noticed the date and looked up the feast day, I found that he shared his birthday with St. Anthony of the Desert, the Great, the Anchorite, the Father of All Monks. On this same day is Genitus’ feast day. Can you imagine growing up with that one? Had he been born on June 13 (hey, that is today!!!) he would have been named after St. Anthony of Padua. Of course, we may have chosen Gamelbert, Peregrinus, or Rambert. I am sure those would have gone over well with the grandparents.
So where do I get all these fantastic options? Back when I taught theology in high school, I would give a short bio of the feast day saint. The best website that broke the saints down both alphabetically and by patronage is saints.sqpn.com. If you are like me, you could spend hours just browsing the lives of these heroes of faith.
Some ways to choose a name:
- Patron saints index
- Calendar day of birth for a patron saint on birthday
- Perhaps choose a virtue to name him after, i.e. Fortitude, Frugality, or Orderliness
- Name him after the father of Enoch (Gen. 5:19)
- Search for a saint with a special relationship to your home country, city, hobby, spirituality, etc.
- Find a unique name to match the uniqueness of another human person
- There is the point at random method
Lastly, know how to bargain. I liked unusual names. I figure you will never forget “Sabinus Theogenes Athanasius Ignatius Numerian Tomanek.” If you start with a name a little further out there, then you can reach a compromise but still have a pretty unique name.
How did you choose the name of your son or daughter? Do you have any special reasons for the name you chose? I didn’t know I was born on the feast of St. Quintus until I was older and I don’t know if my parents knew it. It is one of those divine coincidence things. How about your own name?
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://www.ignitumtoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/JTDTAT-Childrens-House-Copy-e1329964684276.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Jared Tomanek lives in the country of Texas with his wife Denise, a Southern Belle from Trinidad and Tobago, and his three children. He holds two graduate degrees from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, an MBA and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Having taught for five years in Catholic education, he now works in the construction industry in Victoria, TX. He is a parishioner of Holy Family of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus Parish in the Diocese of Victoria. He also blogs at his local paper on just about everything cool.[/author_info] [/author]