On October 7, Pope Benedict announced that St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. John of Ávila are now Doctors of the Church.
I’m curious: will this announcement inspire Catholic parents (either in U.S. or elsewhere) to name their babies Hildegard and/or Avila?
Avila is already on the radar in the U.S.:
- 2011: 25 baby girls named Avila
- 2010: 14 baby girls named Avila
- 2009: 18 baby girls named Avila
- 2008: 23 baby girls named Avila
- 2007: 11 baby girls named Avila
I’m sure at least a few of these Avilas were named with St. Teresa of Ávila in mind. (Others were probably created from scratch.)
Hildegard (derived from the Germanic elements hild, “battle,” and gard, “enclosed place”) is not stylish these days, but it was relatively popular in the U.S. a couple of generations ago. So it’s in a lot of family tress. Perhaps the announcement will remind expectant parents that they could name their baby after Great-Grandma Hildegard.
Where do you think the baby names Avila and Hildegard are headed in the next few years?