How to Choose a Confirmation Name
|13 November 2009|
People sometimes e-mail me to ask for confirmation name suggestions. I’m always happy to help, but these e-mails are starting to give me the impression that many young Catholics think choosing a confirmation name is just like choosing a baby name.
The problem, of course, is that confirmation names are nothing like baby names. A baby name is a legal name that’s used socially. It’s an identity. A confirmation name is not a legal name, and is not used socially. It’s more of a symbol.
With baby names, fashion matters. (At least to most people.) With confirmation names, fashion shouldn’t matter at all. A confirmation name should come from a Catholic saint you admire, someone you feel an affinity for, regardless of his or her name.
I didn’t quite comprehend this back when I was a teenager getting ready to be confirmed. I opted for a stylish saint name over a meaningful saint name. It’s a decision I still regret.
I’d hate for others to make that same mistake. So, if you’re stumped for a confirmation name, here’s my best advice: forget about names entirely. Just read about the saints–what they were like, what they overcame, what they accomplished. Here are some good places to start:
As you go through each biography, ask yourself questions like: Does this saint inspire me? Would this saint be a good role model for me? The answers will lead you in the right direction.