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How to choose a Confirmation name

For many young Catholics, the day they receive the sacrament of Confirmation is a day for which they have spent years preparing. When Catholics are confirmed, they become adults in the eyes of the church.

But before candidates can receive the sacrament, they first must fulfill a number of obligations. One such obligation is choosing a Confirmation name, so young Catholics have a source of inspiration and a patron saint to protect and guide them through the rest of their lives.

Choosing a Confirmation name is a task not to be taken lightly, and candidates typically must choose the name of a canonized saint for their Confirmation name. There are exceptions that allow Catholics to choose the name of someone who has not been canonized, but candidates must discuss these options with their teachers or priest.

Learning about the saints is a great way to start the process. Male candidates are required to choose a male name, and females must choose a female name. Once you secure a list of canonized saints, study their lives and what they did to earn sainthood. Any saints whose stories resonate with you would likely make a good saint to emulate, and therefore a fitting Confirmation name.

If you have trouble narrowing down your list, ask a family member, friend or even your religion teacher or priest for help. You might want to choose the same Confirmation name as your father, or your family might have a history that relates especially well to the life or trials of a particular saint. If not, reflect on the things that mean the most to you, and look for a saint who best embodies those values.

When choosing a Confirmation name, don't choose one based on how different the name itself might sound. While this might amuse you and your friends, as you and your faith grow you might eventually regret choosing a name for such a silly reason. Though it's acceptable to choose a name that is extraordinary, just be certain you're doing it for the right reasons and not to get a rise out of your friends.

Choosing a Confirmation name is an important part of preparing to receive the sacrament of Confirmation. Candidates should take the decision seriously and work hard to find a saint whose life is truly inspiring.