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Giving Tuesday November 28

Saints' Names for Boys

This is a supplement to Terry Modica's book Daily Prayers with the Saints for the New Millennium. The saints whose feast days are blank or in ( ) are extras for this site but are not included in the book.
Feast Day
Name
Meaning
Saint & Patronage
July 14
Camillus
Camille, Camillo
temple servant
Saint Camillus de Lellis repented from a wild-spent youth and gambling addiction to serve God, and although he was incurably diseased, he took care of others who were sick. He founded the Congregation of the Servants of the Sick, believing that the suffering people were living images of Jesus.
Nov. 4
Carl
Charles, Carlo, Carlos, Carroll, Cary, Karl, Karol
strong
Saint Charles Borromeo served as a bishop in a diocese that was plagued by superstitions and other faulty religious practices, but he resolved the problems by issuing wise rulings, instituting them with kindness, and setting an example through his own holy life. He learned from having a severe speech impediment that "we are all weak, but if we want help, the Lord God has given us the means to find it easily."
Mar. 4
Casimir
Cass, Casper
peaceful
Saint Casimir of Poland was the son of a king and held the high office of Grand Duke. He hated luxury and the temptations of the flesh. He secretly did many penances to keep himself focused on the growth of his spirit.
Mar. 3
Chad
martial
When Saint Chad became a bishop, he put tremendous effort into understanding ecclesiastical truth and maintaining purity of doctrine. He devoted much time to the activities of humility and self-sacrifice. When he traveled, he went by foot rather than by horseback, in imitation of the apostles. This spirituality made his preaching of the Gospel powerful and effective.
Nov. 4
Charles
Carl, Carlo, Carlos, Carroll, Cary, Karl, Karol
strong
Saint Charles Borromeo served as a bishop in a diocese that was plagued by superstitions and other faulty religious practices, but he resolved the problems by issuing wise rulings, instituting them with kindness, and setting an example through his own holy life. He learned from having a severe speech impediment that "we are all weak, but if we want help, the Lord God has given us the means to find it easily."
Christian
anointed, belonging to Christ
Jesus Christ is your patron! With this name and a heart that is devoted to Christ, you have the whole body of Christ -- the Communion of Saints -- as your prayer partners.
(July 25)
Christopher
Cristobal, Chris
Christ-bearer
Saint Christopher died a martyr during the reign of Decius in the third century. However, he was quite possibly only a legend created by popular story-telling, so he is no longer on the official list of Saints. He is known for carrying travelers across a stream (which is why he is the patron of travelers), including a child who was surprisingly heavy. It turned out that the child was Jesus bearing the weight of the world.
(Nov. 4)
Clair
Clare, Clarus, Clarence
clear
Saint Clarus was a priest who became a Benedictine monk and lived as a hermit. When he resisted the advances of a noblewoman, she had him killed.
(June 6)
Claude
Claudius
lame
Saint Claud was a holy priest who served as a Benedictine Abbot and later a bishop, though he preferred not to have such status. In the 12th century (400 years later), his body was discovered to be incorrupt. His burial place became a favorite place for pilgrimages, and miraculous cures occurred there.
Nov. 23
Clement
merciful
Saint Clement knew the Apostles personally before they were martyred. As pope, he challenged his people to follow their examples. He said, "We ought to put aside vain and useless concerns and should consider what is good, pleasing and acceptable in the sight of Him who made us."
(Nov. 23)
Colin
Columban, Colman, Colum, Cullen
dove
Saint Columban moved from place to place preaching the Gospel, forming a community who accompanied him, and being a witness of humility and love through his own life. He often took time out to be alone with God in the forest, and the animals obeyed his voice.
Sept. 16
Cornelius
Connor, Conor, Cornel, Neal, Neil
horn
Saint Cornelius was pope during terrible persecutions, and he anguished over the sufferings of his people. Saint Cyprian was his friend and said to him, "Let us relieve burdens and afflictions by mutual love."
Oct. 25
Crispin
curly haired
Saints Crispin and Crispinian were brothers who promoted Your kingdom by day and supported their families by night as shoemakers.
June 27
Mar. 18
Cyril
Cyr, Kyril
lordly
Saint Cyril of Alexandria defended the Blessed Virgin Mary's title as Mother of God, at a time when there was much persecution against her. He called her "Hail, Mary, Mother of God, venerable treasure of the whole universe."

Saint Cyril of Jerusalem was the bishop of Jerusalem when the persecutions ended and great heresies began. This new enemy tried to force him to accept false teachings about the Church, but he stood firm. When anti-Christians tried to prove that Jesus were wrong in His prophecies, Cyril's confidence came from knowing that Jesus would prove Himself right.

Sept. 26
Damian
Damiano, Damien, Damon
tamer
Saints Cosmas and Damian were twins who became excellent doctors. They refused payment for their medical care because they believed that when they treated patients, they were also caring for Jesus. By conveying great love, they won the hearts of their patients as they taught them about the Faith.
(Feb. 16)
Daniel
Dan, Niel
the Lord is judge
Saint Daniel and four companions were Egyptians who visited Christians condemned to do hard labor in the mines during persecutions, to comfort them. They were arrested for this, tortured and beheaded.
Mar. 1
David
beloved
Saint David of Wales received a vision from Jesus that sent him to Jerusalem where anti-Christian sentiment was strong. By relying on God, he preached so powerfully that he converted many who had been attacking the Faith.
(Oct. 9)
Denis
Dennis, Dion, Sidney, Sydney
wild, frenzied
Saint Denis (also called Dionysius) was the first bishop of Paris and the Apostle of France.
Aug. 8
Mar. 10
Dominic
Domingo, Dominick
I belong to the Lord
Saint Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Dominican Order, worked hard against heresies. When people refused to accept the truth, he grew discouraged, but the Blessed Mother appeared and asked him to pray the Rosary daily and to teach it to others. Through the Rosary, the heresies were conquered.

Saint Dominic Savio was one of the children touched by Saint John Bosco

(July 15)
Donald
dark stranger
Saint Donald had nine daughters, and when his wife died, the family formed a religious community, which he directed. In his native Scotland, natural features such as hills are called the "Nine Maidens" in memory of his daughters.
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