These Catholic baby girl names are not only holy, but also the most beautiful sounding ones!
We recently shared the results of a study that revealed which baby names are more pleasing to the ear according to science. Interestingly, the top 10 all belong to saints or prominent figures from the Bible.
For little girls, I study has shown very different results: in most cases, the female names deemed the most beautiful based on the emotions they evoke are either close to nature or modern names.
In the top 20 of the most beautiful names for girls, however, there are also names of saints:
Leading the list is a name that in Greek means “wisdom”. He belonged to a fourth century martyr, Santa Sofia of Rome. There are various traditions related to the saint, some of which state that she died during the persecutions of Diocletian, others that she died mourning her daughters who had been martyred. She is known as the mother of Saints Faith, Hope and Charity.
The second name on the list is short but very beautiful, it also comes from the Greek and means “life” – in the supernatural sense and not in the biological (bios) one. The word “zoe” is used to express the type of life that Jesus wants to give to his disciples: “I have come that they may have life” (Jn 10:10). It’s the perfect name for a newborn baby girl destined for eternal life!
If strictly speaking it is not the name of a saint, it could be the diminutive of Eleonora, who appears in 24th place on the list. Eleonora is then another version of the name Elena, which belonged to another great saint, Saint Helena of Constantinople, a pious woman who dedicated her life to discovering important places in Christian history, such as Calvary, and said she found the relics of the Holy Cross. Eleonora or Elena means “light”, and therefore we hope that your little girl is a light for the family.
This sweet name belonged to the nun who established the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition in France, who dedicated her life to helping the poor and underprivileged and founded schools and other institutions. Deriva derives from the Roman family name Aemilius, which means “rival”, or “to emulate”. Maybe your little Emilia will be a perfect role model.
This name belonged to one of the Forty Holy Virgin Martyrs who died in the 4th century because they did not want to follow the orders of the Roman emperor Licinius to sacrifice to idols. She can also remember the name of the character from the Odyssey, and in Greek it means “weaver”.
This short but sweet name ranks 17th on the list. Again, it belongs to a saint who died during the Christian persecutions in the 4th century. Saint Lucia is a virgin martyr whose name is commemorated in the Canon of the Mass. She comes from the Latin “lux”, “light”.
In 20th place is a name that belonged to a biblical figure. In the Book of Ruth, Naomi is seen to have been Ruth’s mother-in-law, so loved that when the two women were widowed they stayed together and cared for each other. The name is believed to mean ‘good, pleasant, loving’, great qualities for your little angel.