I first read about "The Lives of the Saints" in Frank McCourt's book, Angela's Ashes. I ran right out to get the books. He was right-- fascinating stuff.
Saint Grimi ~ The patroness of the hot hermitess.
This lead me to write my own book. Sensing that everyone around me (*including me!) wanted to give their children unusual names, I came up with Saintly Names for Baby. 500 pages of great baby names and their meanings.
A Sampling of Girls Names with Meanings:
Alkelda - Constant giggler.
Bibiana - Falls in love with drunkards.
Burgundofara - Sickly.
Casilda - Lifelong career in the prison system.
Devota - Overly fond of birds.
Eulalia - Overly fond of sailors.
Emerentiana - Will request to go into foster care.
Grimonia - Refuses to leave her room, writes death poetry.
Macra - Has fiendish invisible tormenters.
Matrona - She of very weak & loose bowels.
Rufina - Bulimic and accident prone.
Theneva - Unwed teenaged mother.
Zita - Food hoarder who steals people keys.
And Boy's Names:
Agabus - Will live with his parents forever.
Benno - Not potty trainable.
Callistus - Very smug, prone to sarcasm.
Chrodegang -Unattractive, prone to constant chanting.
Dogmael - Forever a toddler.
Fabian - Has a disdain for women.
Odo - Frivolous party boy prone to severe migraines.
Poppo - Annoying
Remaclus- Into extreme self denial.
Werenfrid - Vegan animal activist, never bathes.
Woolos - Devoted to random acts of unkindness.
But wait! Don't toss the book aside once you've named your saintly children --
This book includes a wealth of saintly child-rearing tips! Don't send Alkelda to an all-girl's school, search Romuald's room daily, and never ever throw a pirate themed birthday party for Helier.
* my children are:
Grimbald - who collects germs; Amedei, who is constantly in tears; and Ebbe who keeps reminding everyone that she is wise and holy.
My Classic Fiction Book List -Partial List
- Austen, Jane: (Complete Works)
- Balzac: Cousin Bette/ Eugenie Grandet / Cousin Pons
- Best Russian Short Stories
- Boyle, TC: Short Works
- Brennan, Maeve : Short Works, 1 Novella
- Bronte, Emily, Ann, Jane (Complete Works)
- Brookner, Anita ( Complete Works)
- Cather, Willa (Complete Works)
- Chekov: Short Works
- David Copperfield (Dickens)
- Dickens:A Tale of Two Cities
- Dickens:Great Expectations
- Dickens:Nicholas Nickelby
- Dickens:Our Mutual Friend
- Dickens:The Old Curiosity Shop
- Doyle, Roddy (some novels, memoir)
- Drabble, Margaret (4 Novels)
- Drieser, Theodore (Complete Works)
- Fitzgerald, F.Scott (Most Novels & short works)
- Hardy, Thomas (Complete Works)
- Hemingway, Short stories
- Hemingway: The Old Man in the Sea
- Hemingway: The Sun Also Rises
- Hugo: Les Miserables/Hunchback Of ND
- James, Henry: Daisy Miller
- James, Henry: In The Cage
- James, Henry: Portrait of a Lady
- James, Henry: The Golden Bowl
- James, Henry: What Maisy Knew
- James, Henry: Wings of a Dove
- James, Henry:The Ambassadors
- James, Henry; The Bostonians
- Kerouac: Dharma Bums
- Kerouac: On The Road
- Kerouac: The Subterraneans
- Kerouac: Tristessa
- Lardner,Ring:Short Works
- Larsen: Quicksand
- Lewis, Sinclair: Arrowsmith
- Lewis, Sinclair: Free Air
- Lewis, Sinclair: Main Street
- Lewis, Sinclair: The Job
- MacGill, Patrick (Complete works)
- Mackin, Walter (novels)
- Maupassant: Short Works, novels
- McGahern, John (novels of)
- McNulty, John (Short Works)
- Norris, Frank: McTeague
- O'Brien, Edna (3 Novels)
- O'Donnell, Paeder : Novels of
- O. Henry
- Potok, Chaim (4 novels/1 non fiction)
- Salinger, JD : Nine Stories
- Salinger: Franny & Zooey
- Salinger: Raise High the Roofbeams
- Salinger: The Catcher in the Rye
- Sinclair, Lewis: Dodsworth
- Sinclair, Lewis: Elmer Gantry
- Sinclair, Upton: King Coal
- Sinclair, Upton: The Jungle
- Steinbeck, John: Sweet Thursday
- Steinbeck: Winter of our Discontent
- Steinbeck: Cannery Row
- Steinbeck: East of Eden
- Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath
- Theroux, Paul (3 Novels )
- Toibin, Colm: (Novels of)
- Tolstoy: Anna Karenina
- Tolstoy: Short Works
- Turgenev (2 novels)
- Twain: T Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi
- Vonnegut: Early Works (1950s-60s)
- Wharton, Edith: Novels of/Short Stories
- Women & Fiction (Edit. Cahill)
- Zola, Emile ( 10 novels)
- From a Little Golden Book
- Reading Here
- Books as Playthings
- Oxford Pockets
- A Reading Annoyance
- News Tidbits
- Phrase Books
- The Educated Man
- How About "Out?"
- Classics + Comics
- Theme Thursday: A Library in a Small Town
- More Odds and Ends
- Soul & Romance
- Blogger's Book Club (Part 1)
- Book Titles (Part 1)
- Like Candy & Update on 109
- Trout Fishing in America
- Gardening Books
- Book Dads
- Final Jeopardy
- Statue: Theme Thursday
- What Are You Reading?
- Saintly Reading
- January 2009
- ▼ February (25)