In praise of … saints’ names.
Giulia, on the other hand, which is an Italian version of Julia, strikes a proper balance between traditional and exotic. It is of Latin origin, was used by the early Christians, and is the female version of the mighty Julius. Saint Julia was crucified for her faith. So her name also represents loyalty and meekness.
That’s the thing with saints’ names. They tend to be linked to the nicer spectrum of the human spirit, because it is good and charitable acts which made them saints in the first place. Made-up, secular names – such as Harper Seven, Dweezil, Banjo, Free, Moon Unit, Keelee Breeze or, believe it or not, Reignbeau – are more likely to be either laughed at or pitied, which surely places a huge psychological burden on the child for an entire lifetime.
Saints’ names may be old-fashioned and I do concede that Sethrida, Agilberta or Mechtildis may be a bit of a mouthful, but there are some lovely saints’ names out there that are worth reviving: Modesta, Odila, Talida, Rufina, or Eulalia – who at age 12 denounced the forcing of Christians to worship false gods and for her efforts had her body torn by iron hooks and fire applied to her wounds.
Surely it’s better to be associated with such heroism than be lumbered with a meaningless moniker?
Though Pomposa would, I agree, probably be pushing things too far.