Confirmation Name

CHOOSING YOUR CONFIRMATION NAME

 

Your name gives you an identity.  When you were baptized your parents chose your name.  If you do not know your parents’ reasons for choosing your name, ask them about it.  Now that you are about to be Confirmed, it is time for you to choose a name that will strengthen your identity.  Your new name will be a sign of your growth in faith.

 

The tradition of taking a new name can be traced back to the Old Testament.  When Abram was called to lead his people to believe in the one God, his name was changed from Abram (meaning “father of many”) to Abraham (meaning “father of many nations”).  In the New Testament we find Simon’s name changed to Peter (meaning “Rock”) because he was to become the rock upon which Jesus founded His Church.

 

Your Confirmation name should reflect your new role as a mature Christian.  Perhaps you would like to take the name of a person whom you admire.  Many Confirmation candidates, recognizing the growing bond of love with their parents or grandparents, take one of their names. Candidates are also encouraged to take their baptismal name to show the unity of the sacraments of initiation and affirm one's baptismal promises.

 

Whether you take a new name or your own name given in Baptism, you are encouraged to research information about the life of the person you choose. 

 

After you decide on a name please fill out the form found above.