- 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.
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.