Cool Name of the Week: Saint

When two celebs pick the same baby name within a few weeks of each other, we need to pay attention. Two years ago, it was Camden that was the big hit, picked by both Nick Lachey and Kristin Cavallari. This year, it’s Saint, picked by two different rock stars: Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Grohl, and Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz.

Saint could be a unisex name, but on the Social Security lists, it only showed up for boys—and only 22 boys bore the name last year. It has that virtuous vibe, like names like Hope and Faith, but feels much fresher. And compared to some of the more wild word names that stars have picked for their kids in recent years, like Rainbow, Apple, and the like, this one feels more wearable to me. (Perhaps it’s because musician St. Vincent, who performed with Grohl and Nirvana at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame show, also goes by the name.) But a word of warning: Your devoutly religious grandmother may not approve of taking this title, given to those officially recognized as holy, and giving it to your brand new baby.

While Pete Wentz put it in the front spot, giving his son the moniker Saint Lazslo, I’d prefer it in the middle spot, where Dave Grohl placed it for his new daughter, Ophelia Saint. For girls, I like this crisp middle with a very feminine first name, like Emily, Cordelia or Rosalind. For boys, try names like Dexter and Harrison. For both sexes, I’d avoid putting it in the first spot with the name of a very popular saint in the middle: Saint Joseph, Saint Elizabeth, Saint Anne, Saint Luke.

Tell us: Do you think Saint is a wearable choice, or is it a little too irreverent for your taste?

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  1. by Cool Name of the Week: Saint | Gradegood

    On August 26, 2014 at 9:08 am

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