Names for the Joyful Mysteries

I have reblogged posts from many baby naming blogs for you guys as I’m crazy about names, but it has just dawned on me that I’ve never shared any posts from my most favourite baby naming blogger – Kate of Sancta Nomina – with you. It is my most favourite baby naming blog because it is all about Catholic names, and I am Catholic myself.
Kate re-shared this post yesterday, as it was the feast of Announciation, that she wrote a couple years ago so I thought I’d share it with you, my readers, as well, particularly that it is a difficult time for many of us so we need some more joy. Because, whether you are Catholic or not, there are lots of brilliant and joyful names here.
My favourite mysteries of the Rosary are definitely the Sorrowful ones, but I think I like the Joyful names most.
Which ones of these names are your favourites? Can you think of any more? If you’re not Catholic or maybe not a Christian in general, which names do you associate with joy or something joyful, or which names make you think of/feel joy?
I really like angelic names on this list, including Gabrielle and Gabriel. I think Evangeline/Evangelina would fit here too, because, while it is not strictly angelic, it does share one of its roots with Angelina and the like, and as a whole means “bearer of good news”. I am also a big fan of Elizabeth and many of its variant forms from all around the world. Emmanuelle is so sweet and I love it, but I also like the masculine form. I also love Felicity and Felix so very much. I think Felicia could also make a great fit for this list! I’ve never heard of Fiat used as a name before but I love the sound of this word and the Marian connection so I’m all for it. Well… maybe not here, but in English it would work brilliantly as a middle name. I think Grace/Gracia/Graciela could make this list as well, as a reference to the mystery of Announciation. Also one of other possible options that I thought of is Lucy, or its variant forms like Lucia, Luz, Lucinda, Luce, Lux, or the male variants Lucius or Lucian or even Lucas or Luke… I know that it would fit better for the Light mysteries, but I also think that it could be a nice tie to the mystery of Presentation and Jesus who is “the Light to enlighten pagan nations”, so it would make a gorgeous fit for a baby born on Candlemas since Lucy & co mean light. Oh and this makes me think of Candelaria! I adore Noelle so very much, and I like Noel as well.
I really like Christopher and its meaning. I also like John and especially the possibility to nickname it to Jack, YAY! 😀 Jesus sounds awkward as a normal human name outside of the Spanish-speaking world to me personally as a Pole, but I guess Joshua could be a cool alternative for English-speaking parents.
So, what would you add? What names fill you with joy?

Sancta Nomina

Yesterday was one of my very favorite feast days and the first of the Joyful Mysteries, which makes today the perfect Tuesday to post names associated with them! And also, Dwija’s little Helenwas discharged from the NICU yesterday and is home with her family, happy and thriving. Joy all around!!

Today’s post is a continuation of my Mysteries of the Rosary series, having already done names for the Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries, and your comments have been invaluable — keep them coming!

These are the Joyful Mysteries (read more here) (and here’s how to pray the Rosary):

The Annunciation by Gabriel to Mary (yesterday’s feast!)
The Visitation of Mary to Her Cousin Elizabeth
The Nativity of Jesus
The Presentation of the Baby Jesus in the Temple
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple

Names associated with the Joyful Mysteries might include:


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8 thoughts on “Names for the Joyful Mysteries”

  1. Yes – Yeshua / Joshua / Josh would fit.

    And I really liked reading about the light mysteries and how Lukasz fits in. Lucienne is a wonderful name – as a girl [1993] I saw Harrison and Lucienne in a name pairing [like a fine wine] and also Kieren/Ciaran [the Barcelona Olympics and swimming had a long-distance swimmer of that name and three years later the Celtic Tiger revival came in – so a character of mine got called Ciaran].


    I’m with you about Felicity/Felix. I think specially about Felcity or Liccy Dahl.

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      1. She is at that!

        And I got to like Lucyna better and better.

        There is a lady who works for the Kresy-Siberia who is very active and a good advocate.

        Now I will run away and answer the questions.

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    1. Lucyna feels a bit dated for most people in Poland now, and probably needs some rest before it can become fresh again, but I do like this name anyway, too, and I think it will come back yet. I think it sounds nicer than the more traditional, and deriving straight from Lucia, Łucja. Though in my opinion the Armenian Lucine is even better.

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      1. A rest of about 12-14 years?

        Lucine is wonderful!

        Łucja does sound a bit hard.

        I thought Lucyna would be more current for people in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine – the countries on Poland’s eastern border.

        Yours truly is learning about the quarantine in New York; New Jersey; Connecticut.

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    2. Hm, I’m not good with numbers, but let’s think. It had its peak in 1960’s I believe, I can only believe because there is no data that far back which is a pity. American name geeks say that there’s a 100 year rule with names, which means that a name can feel fresh and become trendy again after 100 years since its prime time and that people are more attracted to their great grandparents’ or older relatives than grandparents. This works so-so in Poland, depending on a lot of things, but basing on that I’d think it will be more than 12-14 years.
      Łucja feels a bit hard to me too, and definitely more than Lucyna, but more and more parents love it right now.
      I’m not very knowledgeable when it comes to naming trends in Belarus or Ukraine, and they tend to have little data, especially in English, or maybe I’ve never searched hard enough, but Russia… hm, that would be interesting if they got inspired, maybe it’s possible as it doesn’t seem very far off from their trending names yet is nicely different.
      Oh, it’s so hectic right now in New York from what I’m hearing! I feel for people.

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      1. Emilia:

        thank you.

        I can see the curve with the 100 years when it comes to the USA [and maybe Canada and Mexico and some of the more Hispanophilic naming cultures/Catholic-influenced].

        Very true about the names of our elder relatives. Things like Alice and Alison might well come up now that there are great-grandparents called those.

        If it’s what the parents love – who are you and I to argue?

        Yours truly was up on an Estonian naming site trying to find Carrie-Anne’s Onomastics. There were 125 names. I wonder if you are following the Latvian and Lithuanian trends also? I think there would be more information – and it would mix with the Finnish and even the Swedish.

        Here is the feeling.

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    3. I think there already are lots of parents attracted to Alice, especially that it’s such a classic. I’ve always associated Alison more with the 70’s, though perhaps not rightly.
      I am not as up to date with Lithuanian/Latvian baby naming trends as I am with Anglophone, Polish, Nordic or such, but I do like Lithuanian and Latvian names very much and how culturally rich they are, as is the case with the Estonian.

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