Find Confirmation Names Using Saint Symbols

If you need a confirmation name, and don’t have time to delve into the biographies of dozens of saints, why not start your search by looking at saints’ symbols instead?

In art, saints are often depicted with items that represent them in some way. Some of these symbols (like lilies, skulls, pens, crosiers and bells) are used for multiple saints, while others are unique to a particular saint. Here are a few examples:

Symbol Saint(s)
Arrows St. Edmund the Martyr
St. Sebastian
Axe St. Boniface
St. John Fisher
St. Justin Martyr
St. Thomas the Apostle
St. Thomas More
Bees St. Ambrose
St. Bernard of Clairvaux
St. Isidore of Seville
St. John Chrysostom
Bread St. Anthony of Padua
St. Elisabeth of Hungary
Cave St. Elijah
Crocodile St. Theodore
Harp St. David of Wales
St. Patrick
Keys St. Genevieve
St. James the Greater
St. Martha
St. Peter the Apostle
St. Petronilla
St. Zita
Lamb St. Agnes
St. Joachim
St. Joanna
St. John the Baptist
Lily St. Catherine of Siena
St. Dominic
St. Gabriel the Archangel
St. Philip Neri
Mice St. Gertrude of Nivelles
Shell St. Augustine of Hippo
St. Bridget of Sweden
St. James the Greater
Skull St. Bruno of Cologne
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Jerome

Studying iconography isn’t a substitute for reading about the saints. But it is a fun way to kick things off. And you never know–a certain symbol might catch your eye and lead you to a saint that’s a good match for you.

Sources: Saint Symbolism, Saints’ Lives and Symbols (NGA.gov pdf), Saint Symbol Information

One Response to Find Confirmation Names Using Saint Symbols

  1. this was SOOOO helpful! thank you soo much!!!

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