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Shelby Snyder wrote:

Hi, guys —

My first grandchild was born last year and I was very pleased that my daughter had chosen the name of Julian because I knew there was a tradition behind Saint Julian he could uphold.

I was even more grateful when I found out that Julian's birth date: February 12th, was the feast day for St Julian, but upon further investigation I found out that many think the "legend" of
St. Julian may have never happened but that the name was related to a kind of a "christianization" of the Oedipus myth.

As a Catholic and as a grandma I need to figure out the right way to look at this situation and explain it to Julian, as I am trying to raise him into a good Catholic man.


  { Is there a good saint named Julian that I can encourage my grandchild to adopt? }

Eric replied:

Hi, Selby —

There are several St. Julian's that are solidly attested to:

Pick one or let him do so when he grows up.


Mary Ann replied:

Selby —

There are several saints by that name, among them:

  • Pope St. Julius
  • Julian the martyr
  • Julian the Hospitaller, and
  • many other Julia's, I am sure.

There is also Juliana of Norwich, not a saint but a holy woman.

Baptismal names do not need to be saint's names but should be Christian in some way.

Mary Ann

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