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The Catholic Baby Name Book

The Catholic Baby Name Book

Author: Patrice Fagnant-MacArthur

Foreword by: Lisa M. Hendey

Regular Price: $15.95

Sale Price: $6.00

Format: Paperback

Pages: 544

Trim size: 6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 978-1-59471-303-3

Imprint: Ave Maria Press

On-sale date: May 6, 2013

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With more than ten thousand names of saints and biblical figures, this first-ever guide to Catholic baby names helps expectant parents find a beautiful and creative name for their child. Each entry includes the meaning of the name, language of origin, variations in form, a capsule biography, and relevant feast days and patron saint information.

While it has become increasingly popular to name a baby after a town or a food, readers of The Catholic Baby Name Book will discover a bounty of names that are fun, creative, and Catholic. This new book in the Book series boasts thousands of names of saints from Christian tradition and the scriptures, including those newly canonized by popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Among the fun facts to be discovered: there are ten ways to spell Regina, the perennially popular name Jayden means “thankful” and “God has heard,” and Sophia—the most popular girl’s name in 2012—was a saint who had three daughters named Faith, Hope, and Charity (who were also saints!).

About Books

Building on the popularity of Lisa M. Hendey’s The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms and her award-winning website, Ave Maria Press is pleased to share the Books series. This series will deal with a variety of family and parenting issues from a thoroughly Catholic perspective and will be a treasury of wisdom from many of Lisa’s well-known and trusted contributors and others.


"An invaluable resource."

The Book of Catholic Baby Names is an invaluable resource for parents as they embark on the important task of choosing a name for their child.”

Most Reverend Kevin Rhoades
Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend

"Invites your family to consider heroes and heroines of the past."

The Book of Catholic Baby Names invites your family to consider heroes and heroines of the past who will become a part of your family’s legacy. I hope you enjoy imagining all of the possibilities, adventures, and blessings that await you and your precious baby.”

Lisa M. Hendey
Author of A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms

"Comprehensive and fascinating!"

“Comprehensive and fascinating! This is the book to use when choosing a Catholic baby name. A wide-ranging selection—from the obscure or never heard of, to the very popular—you’ll find it all here!”

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle
Author of Rooted in Love

"A classic waiting to happen!"

“Well researched, delightfully written, and much needed, this is a resource that every Catholic family will use and enjoy together. A classic waiting to happen!”

Sarah A. Reinhard
Author of A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy

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