Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Saint Who? Part II--Surnames, Titles

While doing my post on unexpected saints' names a while back, I noticed some fun name possibilities with their surnames/titles. There are many Marian names that came about this way, but it's much rarer with other saints. However, at least one has made it into everyday American usage: Xavier, from Saint Francis Xavier.

  • Agira (ah-JEE-rah)--from St. Philip of Agira, patron saint of U.S. Army Special Forces.
  • Amasea (ah-MAH-see-ah)--home of a few saints, notably Theodore of Amasea, patron of soldiers and for the recovery of lost items.
  • Aosta (ah-OH-stah)--home of two saints: Gratus of Aosta & Ursus of Aosta.
  • Avila (AH-vee-lah, AV-il-ah)--home of several saints, most notably Teresa of Ávila.
  • Bosco (BOHS-koh)--from St. John Bosco, patron of apprentices, laborers, students, and youths.
  • Cabrini (kah-BREE-nee)--from St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, patroness of immigrants & hospital administrators.
  • Cascia (KAH-shah)--from St. Rita de Cascia, patroness of desperate & impossible causes, against sickness & wounds.
  • Cyrene (sye-REE-nee)--home of two saints: Simon of Cyrene & Lucius of Cyrene.
  • Ely (EE-lee)--home of three saints: Ermenilda of Ely, Etheldreda of Ely, & Seaxburh of Ely.
  • Evreux (AYV-reoo)--from St. Maximus of Évreux, patron against drought
  • Genoa (JEN-oh-ah)--home of many saints, most notably Catherine of Genoa, patroness of brides, difficult marriages, & victims of unfaithfulness.
  • Imola (EE-moh-lah)--from St. Cassian of Imola, patron of schoolteachers & clerks.
  • Kildare (kil-DAYR, kil-DAH-rah)--from St. Brigit Kildare, patron of Ireland, and many, many other things.
  • Lellis (LEL-lis)--from St. Camillus de Lellis, patron of physicians, hospitals, and the sick.
  • Lunel (loo-NEL)--from St. Gerard de Lunel, patron of epileptics, against headaches.
  • Marillac (mah-ree-AK)--from St. Louise de Marillac, patroness of social workers & widows.
  • Merici (meh-REE-chee)--from St. Angela Merici, patroness of the sick, handicapped, and orphaned.
  • Merida (MEHR-ee-dah)--from St. Eulalia of Mérida, patroness of widows & runaways.
  • Milan (mee-LAHN)--home of many saints, notably Ambrose of Milan, patron of students, beekeepers, and chandlers.
  • Mineo (min-EH-oh)--from St. Agrippina of Mineo, patroness againts infections, diseases, and storms.
  • Myra (MYE-rah, MEE-rah, MEU-rah)--home of St. Nicholas (yep. Ol' Saint Nick).
  • Nicomedia (nee-koh-MED-yah)--home of a few saints, most notably Juliana of Nicomedia, patroness against sickness
  • Ravenna (rah-VEH-nah)--from St. Apollinaris of Ravenna, patron against epilepsy & gout.
  • Savio (SAHV-yoh)--from St. Dominic Savio, patron of young boys, choirs, and juvenile delinquents.
  • Trier (TREE-ehr)--home to many saints, most notably Eucharius of Trier, patron against plague.
  • Verona (veh-ROH-nah)--from St. Zeno of Verona, patron of newborns and fishermen
  • Vianney (vee-AHN-nay, vee-AN-nay)--from St. John Mary Vianney, patron of priests and many Midwestern dioceses.

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