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Help with DDs Catholic Confirmation name

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DatsunCherry Wed 06-Jan-16 20:16:08

For years DD had her heart set on George. I was ready to have a conversation with our priest to see if girls could take "boys" names for confirmation names. confused(This is the same DD who thew herself on the floor and howled aged 5 when I explained to her she couldn't be a priest. Being a nun wasn't cutting for her.)

Anyway, she's being confirmed this year and did a bit of Googling herself and came up with Anastasia. Because St Anastasia's feast day is 25th December, and DD likes to feast on the 25th of December.

I'd never heard of St Anastasia, but I know it was popular in Ireland a few decades ago, so surely it is a Catholic Saints name.

My Googling suggests otherwise. confused

So.....Amelia Anna Tatiana George


Amelia Anna Tatiana Anastasia

Or something else?

bangbangprettypretty Wed 06-Jan-16 20:17:43

I nearly took it so I think it is - as it goes I took a male name instead!

SwedishEdith Wed 06-Jan-16 20:19:51

Go with what she wants surely? Most people never use their confirmation names at all and just use it as an opportunity for indulgence. Or they choose one they know will make their friends snigger when they hear the priest read it out.

TheWoollybacksWife Wed 06-Jan-16 20:20:45

According to this site there are five St. Anastasias. Take your pick grin

My DDs were told they could pick male names if they wanted but I like your DD's logic for choosing Anastasia and my DD has a lovely friend of that name so I may be biased.

CadenceRoastingByAnOpenFire Wed 06-Jan-16 20:23:28

You can definitely have a man's name, my best friend did! We were told to choose a saint we identified with or their story spoke to us somehow and the story of this male saint was special to my friend. We also had to explain the reasons for choosing the name to the priest (and it wasn't supposed to be just because we like the name!). Maybe have a look into the lives of George and Anastacia and see if there's anything relevant to your dd and her life.

KenDoddsDadsDog Wed 06-Jan-16 20:23:39

It's a nice one I think. . One of my friends took Joan of Arc , another's brother dared him to call himself Rodriguez.

wigglesrock Sat 09-Jan-16 22:16:40

One of my friends daughters used it last year for her confirmation name - Anastasia that is not George. She picked it for various reasons mainly to do with her own birthday. There were a couple of "ooh like 50 shades of grey" comments that was just from the priest. Tbh I've never ever used my confirmation name - I had to ask my husbands what his was.
My eldest is making hers in a few weeks - she's going for a well known brand of lager wink

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 09-Jan-16 22:18:41

I have a male confirmation name

meoryou Sat 09-Jan-16 22:21:29

We googled saints names & came up with a shortlist of Lydia, Jude and Cecia
DD chose Lydia. Jude is pretty unisex. Would that be an option?

meoryou Sat 09-Jan-16 22:21:47

Cecilia shock

5BlueHydrangea Sat 09-Jan-16 22:26:55

My dd has the name Gerasimos for her confirmation name. He is a Greek saint who we met (!) on holiday in Cephalonia.
We happened to be there for the celebration day and they parade his body through the streets in a special casket, and you can kiss his feet to stop you going mad... We tried!
NB This story is loosely told in Captain Corelli's Mandolin but we actually met the guy!

So yes, a male name should be fine.

WildeWoman Sat 09-Jan-16 22:28:03

Many many moons ago, when I was making my confirmation, the bishop said that once it was a saint's name or a biblical name, it was fine. I think they may have become more lenient on this now. My chosen name was Sarah, after my grandmother, but we were worried as there were no Saint Sarah's, but the bishop kindly told us, that not only was Sarah in the bible, she was loved by Jesus, as she had been 'barren' (infertile) and God blessed her with a child.

I would say, discuss it with priest. The fact that you are engaging in the custom is good.

Your daughter sounds like a gem btw!

WildeWoman Sat 09-Jan-16 22:30:18

That we didn't know anything about any Sarah's in the bible was kindly left unmentioned by the bishop... grin

chickindude Sat 09-Jan-16 22:31:20

I took the name Francis, and didn't change the spelling.

SisterNancySinatra Sat 09-Jan-16 22:31:56

Wasn't Sarah John the baptists mother ?

BikeRunSki Sat 09-Jan-16 22:33:20

I have a male confirmation name and I don't think I have ever used it.

BikeRunSki Sat 09-Jan-16 22:34:09

Mine's the same as chick's

crookedhooker Sat 09-Jan-16 22:36:29

No that was Elizabeth.

SisterNancySinatra Sat 09-Jan-16 22:39:18

Oh yes , thanks for correcting .

wigglesrock Sat 09-Jan-16 22:40:23

A girl I went to school with took Paschal as her confirmation name. There was a Francis as well.

Mrswinkler Sat 09-Jan-16 22:48:08

I took the most random name I could find - Bartolomea just to be different. My sister had a boys name.

Does it really matter?

RufusTheReindeer Sat 09-Jan-16 22:52:32

Mine was Mary Magdalene

My mum thought the priest would have a problem with my first choice of Judas...not least because he wasnt a saint

I like George, a female friend of mines nickname is George

ColinFirthsGirth Sat 09-Jan-16 22:55:26

I took a male saint - Patrick.

rhetorician Sat 09-Jan-16 22:57:47

Anastasia is a saint in the Catholic tradition, but also in the orthodox and coptic traditions. She's quite interesting...(I have an Anastasia)

VK86 Sat 09-Jan-16 23:04:48

I have a male confirmation name, I chose st Francis of Assisi because he is patron saint on animals.
We were always told to pick a saint who's story we identified with or could relate to in some way.

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