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Because they are Catholic. No other reason. Doesn't matter if you are a boy or girl. It's very common practise to give children many baptismal names, including Maria. To both girls and boys. Perhaps not today, but when I was baptized 60 years ago, it definitely was. My parents 'blessed' me with that name too. Being a boy, and attending a non-Catholic school, ...


Most of those names aren't particularly wierd, at the time - and some not today. It is simply that many people in those days were vastly better educated in Biblical & Classical subjects (where many of those names originate) than almost anyone today.

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