Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Current #10


Quintin is said of quin, that be five, and of teneo, tenes, that is to hold, and is as much to say as holding five things. He held first in himself honesty of life, faith catholic, purity and cleanness of conscience, true preaching and crown of martyrdom.

A bit more cerebral than the more hard nosed Declan, Quinn would likely be a doctor or a professor at the university.

There are few different ways to go if Pat does dare to take the Q route:

QUENTIN: Latin name meaning "fifth." Variants and diminutives include Quent, Quenten, Quenton, Quint, and Quintin.

QUIGLEY: Irish/Gaelic name meaning either "distaff" or "mussed hair."

QUILLAN: Irish/Gaelic name meaning "cub."

QUIMBY: From Old Norse place name meaning "estate of the woman."

QUINCY: Old French name meaning "Estate of the fifth son."

QUINTIN: see Quentin.

QUINLAN: Irish/Gaelic name meaning "fit; shapely; strong."

QUINN: Irish/Gaelic name meaning "intelligent."

This corner, of course, would advise to go with the baptismal name of Quintin, after the great saint, with the less affected Quinn as a nickname.

About St. Quintin:

Current #9


"If thou hast the right, O Erin, to a champion of battle to aid thee thou hast the head of a hundred thousand, Declan of Ardmore"

If Pat is planning on using the name Declan, he had better use it now. Insiders report that the name ranks high on the list of several family members who wouldn't mind having their own Declan. Declan makes an excellant name for an Notre Dame shooting guard or perhaps a Republican Congressman.

In coming weeks, Declan will likely climb into the top five. Already there are reports that both Ryan and Aidan have slipped and slipped badly. If this were the Democratic Primary, Ryan would be Howard Dean and Aidan would be Dennis Kucinich.

For many reasons, Declan seems to make sense for Pat. And of course, it should not be over looked that St. Declan was a contemporary of St. Patrick.

About St. Declan:

Monday, January 24, 2005

Current #8


Recently named Name of the Month by the prestigious Gravitas Magazine, George is not for the faint of heart. George Washington. George Bush. George Brett. It's suprising everyone's not naming their kids George.

If you have seen the latest Sam Adams commercial, imagine this scenario.

Boss: So what did you guys name your kids.

Employee #1 (grinning): Tyler and I'll have some water please..

Employee #2 (grinning): Tylerr with two R's and I'll have water with lime.

Pat: George! And I'll have a Sam Adams.

Employee #1: Actually, I...I was thinking of George too... but my wife...

Employee #2: Uh, me...too.


About St. George:

Current #7


Coley, the popular nickname for the fine historic Irish name, Colman, is always a winner. Coley O'Brien, quarterback for Notre Dame in the early 60's, is one of the more famous Coleys.

There have been recent rumours that this name is now on Pat's radar screen. As it should be.

About St. Colman:

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Current #6


Many expected the name Cormac to take off in the mid-eighties when All-American Cormac Carney starred for UCLA as a gritty wide receiver. Cormac Carney played a year in the pros for the Memphis Showboats before moving on to Harvard Law and was recently appointed to the federal bench by President Bush. Judge Carney was unavailable for comment at the time of publication of this blog. Cormac MacCuilenan, an Irish bishop and King of Cashel in the early 900's, was responsible for "Cormac's Glossary" - an Irish Glossary of over 1,400 words.

Despite its underutilization, Cormac remains a strong name in age of increasingly sissified names. Also noteworthy is that the Feast Day of St. Cormac is in the ballpark of the due date.

About St. Cormac:

Monday, January 03, 2005

Currrent #5


George and Susan, heading home from the restaurant. George is happy,
smiling and whistling.

GEORGE: I think they really went for that Soda.

SUSAN: What, are you crazy? They hated it. They were just humouring

GEORGE: Ah, alright. Believe me, that kid's gonna be called Soda.

SUSAN: I can tell you, I would never name my child Soda.

GEORGE: Oh, no no no. Course not. I got a great name for our kids. A
Real original. You wanna hear what it is? Huh, you ready?

SUSAN: Yeah.

George uses his finger to draw a number 7 in the air, accompanying the
Strokes of his digit with a two-tone whistle.

SUSAN: What is that? Sign language?
GEORGE: No, Seven.

SUSAN: Seven Costanza? You're serious?

GEORGE: Yeah. It's a beautiful name for a boy or a girl...
Susan scoffs.

GEORGE: ...especially a girl. Or a boy.

SUSAN: I don't think so.

GEORGE: What, you don't like the name?

SUSAN: It's not a name. It's a number.

GEORGE: I know. It's Mickey Mantle's number. So not only is it an all
Around beautiful name, it is also a living tribute.

SUSAN: It's awful. I hate it!

GEORGE: (angry) Well, that's the name!

SUSAN: (also angry) Oh no it is not! No child of mine is ever going to
be named Seven!

GEORGE: (yelling) Awright, let's just stay calm here! Don't get all
crazy on me!

[Jerry's Apartment]

Jerry walks from the bathroom, talking to George, who's just told him
about his contretemps with Susan.

JERRY: Seven? Yeah, I guess I could see it. Seven. Seven periods of
school, seven beatings a day. Roughly seven stitches a beating, and eventually
seven years to life. Yeah, you're doing that child quite a service.

GEORGE: (adamant) Yes I am. I defy you to come up with a better name
than Seven.

Jerry walks toward the kitchen. He sees an item on the counter.

JERRY: Awright, let's see. How about Mug? (picks up the mug) Mug
Costanza, that's original. (he turns and sees another item) Or uh, Ketchup?
Pretty name for a girl.

GEORGE: Alright, you having a good time there?

Jerry is in the kitchen, and opens a cupboard. His eyes run over the
array of good within.

JERRY: I got fifty right here in the cupboard. How about Bisquik?
Pimento. Gherkin. Sauce. Maxwell House.

GEORGE: (shouts) Awright already!! This is a very key issue with me,

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Current #4


For the past decade, a few highly respected nameologists have been predicting that Connell would be the next big Irish name. For reasons not readily apperent, Connell remains an enigma. Solid, lyrical, manly and traditional, Connell would appear to be the perfect name should Pat be willing to step outside the mainstream.

While some may question ranking such an untested name so high so early, keep in mind that at any moment the name Connell may burst onto the scene and soar to the top of the name charts. Thirty years from now, Pat's grandchild may well be in kindergarten with the likes of Connell Kowolski and Connell Martinez.

About St. Connell:

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Current #3


An American innovation made popular by a third rate actor, Ryan as a first name was virtually unheard of in Ireland until very recently. Nevertheless, westside soccer fields are now literally riddled with little Ryan's who most often attend the local government school.

Stll the name has a certain charm and could serve as a compromise name if the baby remains unnamed a few days after birth.

About St. Ryan:

Monday, December 27, 2004

Current #2


Long one of Pat's favorites, some have questioned whether the name flows with the last name. Famed golfer Ronan Rafferty has given the name some added gravitas, but these gains may be off set by this guy: Ronan Keating.

Look for Ronan to remain a strong contender throughout the first two trimesters and perhaps emerge victorious if Rafferty wins a major. (Warning: If Ronan Keating wins an Emmy, this name could drop out of the top twenty.)

About St. Ronan: