Top 20 Popular Saints for Men & Boys

This list is comprised of the most popular saints that are purchased for men and boys over the past 12 months. Often the best selling medals give an indication about popular Confirmation names for boys. In the top 20 but not included in this list are Four-Way Medals which have multiple saints included in their design.

Top 20 Popular Male Saints

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This list provides some indication as to which saints are likely more popular as Confirmation names since a significant factor affecting saint medal purchasing are the thousands of young people who receive the sacrament of Confirmation each year. Confirmation is one factor affecting the name on this list, but it also indicates areas of concern or need. For example #5 on the male saint list, St. Peregrine, is the patron of those afflicted with Cancer.

1. St. Michael the Archangel

Stained Glass Window of St-Michael, Saint Martin de-Florac, France

The Patron of Soldiers and Police

St Michael, whose name means “who is like God” is honored as the angel who fought Satan casting the devil and his minions from heaven. When people of faith look for support and protection in an uncertain and dangerous world, St. Michael the Archangel is a popular patron.

Necklaces featuring St. Michael are often worn by those in law enforcement and the military. Typically he is portrayed engaged in battle with a dragon (Satan). Many people daily recite the “St. Michael Prayer” as a means of asking from protection during the coming day.

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2. St. Christopher

St Christopher

The Patron of Travelers – “Behold St. Christopher and go your way in safety”

Saint Christopher medals are often worn for protection in traveling. Wearing a necklace like this has the devotional effect of helping you keep company with St. Christopher throughout the day. For those who have long commutes or travel, this type of devotional prayer for safe travel has great importance. Learn about St Christopher and a Commuters Prayer to St Christopher

St. Christopher is one of the most popular of saints, and his intercession is petitioned by travelers, soldiers, sailors, those caught in storms, and transportation workers. He no longer has a universally celebrated feast day in the Roman Calendar, but is remembered by many local churches.

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3. St. Jude

St Jude Holy Card

The Patron of Lost Causes

Saint Jude Thaddeus, Patron Saint of miracles and hopeless causes is a loved Saint, worldwide. This Saint is called upon by Catholics when all seems lost, in grave illness, intense need, and when all appears bleak — when a miracle is most needed. He has been known to come through at the last possible moment when desperation is at hand.

He is revered as the saint to whom Jesus entrusted His divine approval. He is traditionally depicted as carrying the image of Jesus close to his heart, wearing green/white, and holding a gold pendant.

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4. St. Anthony of Padua

Anthony Stained glass window

The Patron of Lost Items – “Anthony, Anthony look around, something is lost and must be found”

St. Anthony is often known as the “Wonder-Worker” due to the number of miracles attributed to his intercession. Born in Portugal in 1195, St. Anthony first joined the Augustinian Order, but left to join the Franciscan Order in hopes of being a martyr for God.

A natural preacher, St. Anthony was chosen to go out among the people and teach the Faith. He was a great defender of the Church, and protected Her amid many heresies. It is for this reason he is also known as the “Hammer of Heretics.” St. Anthony lived and preached among the people of Padua, Italy, where he became widely loved and respected for his gentleness and humility.

He is the patron saint of many causes, perhaps most famously, for those seeking to find lost items. He died in 1231 at the age of 36. His feast day is June 13.

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5. St. Peregrine

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The Patron of Cancer Patients

Saint Peregrine is the patron saint of those afflicted with cancer. Born into wealth and privilege in Forli, Italy, he was once a member of a group vehemently opposed to the Catholic Church. Peregrine struck St. Philip who had been sent to intervene in local papal uprisings. In return, Philip offered his other cheek. Philip’s humility and forgiveness moved Peregrine to repent and convert to Catholicism. Saint Peregrine traveled to Siena, joined the Servite Order and eventually founded a monastery in his hometown. His excellent preaching and reputation as a confessor brought many back to the Church.

The root of his patronage of those with Cancer is found in his own illness. He became afflicted with cancer of the leg and foot. The night before the amputation of his cancerous leg, Saint Peregrine prayed many hours before the cross. The next morning, his leg was cured. Images of St. Peregrine typically show him revealing his bandaged leg.

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6. St. Gerard

St. Gerard Holy Card

The Patron of Pregnancy and Expecting Parents

St. Gerard was born to an Italian family in Naples during the 18th century. When his father died at a young age, his family was forced to live in poverty. He was sent away to learn skills from a tailor, but was abused while he was there. Despite his troubled upbringing, he was deeply religious from an early age, and he wanted to be like Jesus Christ. St. Gerard entered religious life as a lay brother and served as counselor to communities of religious women.

St. Gerard is considered the patron saint of pregnant women, unborn children and falsely accused individuals. This is because he was once falsely accused of fathering the child of a pregnant woman, and he did not deny the fact. Only much later was he cleared from this crime. He is often depicted in artwork carrying a small wooden cross, which reflects his deep desire to be more like Jesus.

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7. St. Joseph

St. Joseph and Jesus

The Patron of Fathers, Workers and a Holy Death

St. Joseph is best known as the husband of the Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus.

It is the humility, dedication, love, and trust in God that he showed in these relationships that teach us of who St. Joseph was. A gentle and good man, he shared with Mary in raising Jesus from his birth through his childhood. St. Joseph’s death is not mentioned in the Gospels, and has been assumed in tradition to have happened prior to Jesus’ public ministry. Due to this, he has been celebrated as the patron of the dying, since it is suggested he died surrounded by Mary and Jesus, a most happy and holy death. He is also the patron saint of fathers, workers, and the universal Church.

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8. St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis and Animals Icon

The Patron of Animals

St. Francis was born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone in 1181 to a wealthy cloth merchant. He was headed to war when he received a vision from God, so he devoted his life to preaching about God while living in poverty. He created a revival of brotherhood and faith in Assisi that soon spread to the creation of the Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare and the Third Order of Saint Francis.

St. Francis’ love of animals is well-known, so the symbols typically found on a St. Francis Medal are birds and animals. At times he is depicted with a bag of gold and rich cloth laying at his feet to symbolize his devotion to God’s will. His most significant patronage is providing a blessing towards animals and the environment. St. Francis of Assisi is also the patron saint against fire.

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9. St. Sebastian

Saint Sebastian and an Angel with a crown

The Patron of Sports and Athletes

St. Sebastian was a favorite of Emperor Diocletian, and served as a captain of the infamous Praetorian Guard. He had secretly been bringing supplies to persecuted Christians, and his missionary efforts were known in shady underground circles. St. Sebastian was a man of great faith when such faith had to be hidden, and he was even known to have brought Christianity to fellow members of the Roman armed services.

Diocletian had St. Sebastian tied to a tree, but the arrows that pierced his strong body failed to kill him. These arrows are still an important symbol of his sainthood. He later died as a result of blunt trauma. Since he was able to endure such incredible punishment, he is often invoked as the Patron of Athletes. It is also known that Archers are also known to pray for him in times of need.

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10. St. Thomas Aquinas

A prayer of St Thomas Aquinas

The Patron of Educators, Students and Learning

St. Thomas Aquinas is best known for his extraordinary intellect, beautiful and intricate writings, and devout example of a virtuous life.

A Dominican friar, St. Thomas Aquinas preached and taught the truths of the Faith to all people. Later declared a Doctor of the Church, he is noted for the many works he wrote which are still studied by philosophers and theologians today. Born into a noble family in Italy, St. Thomas Aquinas instead chose to live a life of poverty, chastity, and obedience, as he felt God calling him to follow Jesus example.

As the patron saint of educators, students, and learning, St. Thomas Aquinas is a model for those involved in formal education, as well as those who find joy in life-long learning.

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