October 23rd, 2003
|jimbojones||01:30 pm - sophomoric|
Why is it conventional to name your daughters Faith, Hope, Chastity, or Charity, but unconventional to name your sons Strength, Dominance, Virility, or Courage?
Current Mood: curious
Current Music: Fat Boys - Human Beat Box pt II
That still sounds kinda like a more-feminine name. "Fortitude" would be the only masculine-sounding Heavenly Virtue, I think. "Justice" comes close, but then . . . I remember that I've heard of women named Justice (rare, but they exist), and I think about the fact that names ending with "ce" tend to be feminine in aspect.
While prudence, temperance, and justice all appear in the list of Heavenly Virtues as well, the other of the four Cardinal Virtues (of Classical Greek philosophy), courage is an available option if you want to name a son after one of the many lauded "official" virtues of philosophy and theology.
In general, it seems that pretty much every oft-quoted virue available has been used for a feminine name, with exceptions that are primarily excepted only because they wouldn't make for very good names. Even the seven "Contrary Virtues", listed as antitheses to the Seven Deadly Sins in the epic poem Psychomachia, have largely been snapped up by a sense of femininity as far as naming children is concerned.
On the other hand, very rarely would most names of saints be assigned to females, a friend of mine with the Confirmation name of Ignatius notwithstanding.