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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
(Mar. 18)
Salvatore
Salvador, Salvator
Savior
Saint Salvatore was a Franciscan Friar who developed great humility and service. He walked barefoot and kept long and rigorous fasts. His supernatural gifts healed the blind, the lame and the deaf. He was specially devoted to the Blessed Mother and to Saint Paul, both of whom visited him on several occasions.
28-Jul
Samson
Bright as the Sun
Saint Samson was a holy monk who exceeded those around him in spiritual maturity. When he met some Irish monks whose spiritual education was more advanced than his own, he went with them to Ireland so he could learn from them while he served at their side.
(Feb. 16)
Samuel
asked of the Lord
Saint Samuel 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.
Sebastian
venerable
Saint Sebastian is patron of athletes because of his physical endurance and his energetic way of spreading Christianity. He is also patron of soldiers because he joined the Roman army to defend Christian believers and martyrs without drawing attention to himself.
Oct. 28
May 24
Simon
Simeon, Simone
obedient
Saint Simon was one of the 12 Apostles (not to be confused with Simon/Peter). He was zealous about preaching the Good News.

Because of the great holiness of the prayer life of Saint Simeon Stylites the Younger, and because of his growing reputation as a healer and miracle worker, the place where he lived as a hermit became a site for many pilgrimages.

11-Apr
Stanislaus
Stanley
military glory
Saint Stanislaus of Cracow dedicated himself to the formation of clergy, and he became popular as a spiritual adviser. As Bishop of Cracow, Poland, he successfully reformed the Church. He was murdered while saying Mass because he spoke against the king's cruelty and immorality.
Dec. 26
April 17
Stephen
Steven, Stefen, Stefano, Esteban, Stephan, Sven
crowned
Saint Stephen was one of the first deacons in the Church. His holiness was so evident that when he preached to his enemies, his face glowed brightly like an angel's. He became the first martyr.

Saint Stephen Harding found great joy in imitating Jesus through a life of poverty, praying, fasting, and working hard. When the other monks got tired of such a difficult life, Stephen formed a new community, the Cistercians.

Dec. 31
Sylvester
from the forest, woods
Saint Sylvester I lived through many good and bad events during his long years of service as Pope, from horrendous persecutions to the downfall of the persecutors.
(June 21)
Terence
Terrence, Terry
smooth
Saint Terence was one of the early bishops of the Church, serving the Christian community of Iconium. Some Bible scholars think that he might be the Tertius mentioned by St. Paul in his Epistle to the Romans.
Thaddeus
wise
April 22
Nov. 9
Theodore
Feodor, Tad, Theo, Teodoro
God's gift
Saint Theodore of Sykeon was a monk and a bishop who worked amazing miracles, including healings. He put an end to a plague of insects by praying, confidently putting the matter into God's hands.

Saint Theodore Tyro was a young soldier in the Roman army when he converted to Christianity. Though he was ordered to fight enemies of the empire, he believed that the devil was the only true enemy. Soon, he was killed for being a Christian, thus winning the battle against the demons who wanted to keep him out of Heaven.

July 3
Jan. 28
Thomas
Tomas, Tom, Tommaso
twin
Saint Thomas the Apostle doubted Jesus' resurrection until he touched His wounds. After Pentecost, God called him to become a missionary in India, but he doubted again and said no. He changed his mind only after being taken into slavery by a merchant who happened to be going to India. Once he was cured of his doubt, God freed him and he began the work he had called him to do. He is the patron saint against doubt.

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Jan. 26
Timothy
Timotheus, Timoteo
God fearing
Saint Timothy was one of Paul's disciples, as well as his close personal friend and partner in evangelization.
Jan. 26
Titus
Tito
safe
With Timothy, Saint Titus was one of Paul's disciples, as well as his close personal friend and partner in evangelization.
Tobias
Tobia, Tobiah, Tobit
goodness of God
Feb. 19
Valerius
Valerian
valiant
Saint Valerius was a bishop who worked throughout southern France to evangelize the region and to increase monasticism.
Victor
Victorio, Vittorio
winner
Sept. 27
Vincent
Vincente, Vincenzo
conquering
Saint Vincent de Paul developed a special concern for the poor after giving the Sacraments to a dying peasant. He cared for slaves, prostitutes, war victims, and the destitute.
8-Apr
Walter
Walther, Gualthieri
strong warrior
Saint Walter of Pontnoise was made an abbot against his will. He fled several times to escape the position, and finally went to Rome to give his resignation directly to the pope. However, the pope asked him to return to his monastery, accept his responsibilities as abbot, and never quit again. He obeyed.
6-Apr
William
Willis, Wilhelm, Guiliermo, Guillaume
strong helmet
Saint William of Eskilsoe worked so hard on his spiritual growth that he developed a widespread reputation for holiness and austerity.
Oct. 31
Wolfgang
path of a wolf
Saint Wolfgang was a monk and a bishop who had the gifts of teaching and healing. He evangelized the pagan empire of his country
Xavier
bright
Zachary
Zaccaria, Zacharias, Zecharian
remembered of God
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