I was dumbfounded

What a surprise! The discovery I made when I was researching to respond to this prompt left me, to say the least,dumbfounded. Never did I imagine what I found about my name.

No saint is listed in any book of Saints that I have come across as Saint. This led me to think erroneously that this name was that of an obscure person whom my Godfather stumbled on and proposed to me.

My God-father was actually the one who proposed the name to me. When I was about to be baptized, he brought two names and asked me to chose one. I chose Romanus, attracted only by how it sounded. The other one was Callistus.

Today I am proud to know that eight people who bore the name Romanus became Saints. There was a Pope Romanus and Pope John XIX was Romanus before he became Pope. There were many Bishops who bore the name Romanus; a Medieval philosopher who was called Romanus; and a Latin grammarian was also Romanus.

What this prompt has done to me is immeasurable. It has opened my eyes to what I never knew about my name. I can assure you that if I were to start all over, I would give myself the same name.

Say Your Name
Write about your first name: Are you named after someone or something? Are there any stories or associations attached to it? If you had the choice, would you rename yourself?

10 thoughts on “I was dumbfounded

  1. What a wonderful heritage of faith is wrapped up in your name, Romanus! My parents simply thought of a popular singer in their day and switched her first/ middle names for mine. My first name, Lynn, means “waterfall” or “mountain stream” – both are lovely and refreshing, which I hope for my life and writing.

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