- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 25, 2001

Jennifer continues to surpass Mary as the most popular Catholic girl's name, according to a new study by Georgetown University.
Fewer young Catholics are named after saints, Catholic boys are more likely to have religious names than Catholic girls and Catholic parents are more likely to give their children religious names if they attend Mass regularly, said researchers Paul Perl and Jonathan Wiggins of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University.
The poll, conducted in January among 2,100 Catholics 14 and older, reports that the most common female Catholic name from the Old Testament is Susan or Sue. This comes from the book of Daniel, which in the Catholic version includes a story about a heroine named Susanna.
The most common biblical male names are Michael, followed by John, Joseph and David. The most common secular male names are Robert, including Bob and Rob, followed by Richard.
The most common secular female name, after Jennifer, from non-biblical saints, is Catherine. Runners-up are Patricia, as well as derivatives such as Kathleen, Kate, Kathy/Cathy, Pat and Patty.
Mary is the most common female biblical name, as well as related names such as Maria, Marie, Marion, Marilyn and Maryann. Derivatives include Carmen, Carmella, Dolores, Lourdes, Lupe, Mercedes, Milagros, Socorro and Stella.

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