This Saturday, a girl named Jillian will be married at my parish church.
O Jillian, what a beautiful name, and how sweet does that sound? That is a very ellegant name. Believe it or not, it is considered a Catholic name. According to several baby naming sites, the name Jillian (or some just christen as Jill) is very popular in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Why? I don't know for sure. But I may guess it is the fact that many children of Irish decent are naming their daughters after the Irish.
Many Catholics in the USA historically have come from Ireland after the Potato Famine. Why the surnames are diverse, if the mother had a maiden Irish surname, then the chance of naming an Irish baby is greater. Remember, the Irish Americans believe that they founded the American Roman Catholic Church, exclusively.
But that is false. Jesus Christ founded the Roman Catholic Church in all nations for the salvation of souls.
The name Jillian is Latin for "Girl with a youthful heart." If you name your daughter Jillian, she will feel like the youngest child even though the contrary. If men marry Jillians, then they BOTH will feel young for the rest of their lives. If a grandchild is named Jillian, then, I don't know...
Now how would we consider Jillian a Catholic name? While one website suggests that there is no canonized saint named Jillian, there is a city on Malta called St. Jillian's. So there, there has to be a canonized St. Jillian because Malta, which used to be a Catholic country until they legalized divorce a few months ago, has their cities named after parish churches the relics are stored in their high altars.
St. Jillian, ora pro nobis!