Thursday, May 16, 2013

Saint's Names of the Day - Gwen and Theodore

Today is the last day for the Ave Maria Facebook Contest and the featured names are Gwen and Theodore.

Gwen is a Welsh name meaning "white wave" or "white browed."

Variations include Gwenesha, Gweness, Gwenata, Gwenite, Gwenn, Gwenna, and Gwyn.

St. Gwen (fifth century) was a daughter  of Brychan of Brecknock. She married St. Fragan and was martyred by pagans. According to legend she had three breasts. For this reason, she is invoked for women's fertility. 

Theodore is a Greek name meaning "gift of God."

Variations include Teadomiro, Tedor, Teodus, Teos, Theodon, Theodor, Theodorus, Todor and Tolek.

Some saints with the name Theodore are St. Theodore of Bologna, St. Theodore of Chotep, St. Theodore of Egypt, St. Theodore of Emesa, St. Theodore of Pavia, St. Theodore of Pelusium, and St. Theodore of Tarsus.

St. Theodore (d. 310) was a deacon at Pentapolis, Lybia. He and Saints Irenaeus, Serapion, and Ammonius were tortured by having their tongues cut out. All survived the ordeal and died of natural causes, but they are considered martyrs due to their willingness to die.

For more information on saints and names, please pick up a copy of The Catholic Baby Name Book

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