Hi, guys —
- Can you tell me the real meaning of
the name Sixtus, because that's my name?
ashamed that I don't know its meaning.
I come from a strong Catholic family and I was told that
the name was given to me by my late grandfather during
It would be appreciated if you could
give me an answer.
Seeing it is my first name, can you tell me the real meaning of
the name Sixtus? }
Hi, Sixtus —
Well, it is Latin, and means sixth.
It is also the name of one of the earliest Popes,
I think the fourth one.
The name is in the ancient Roman
Eucharistic prayer of the Mass, which lists several
early popes starting with Peter.
Hi, Sixtus —
I just wanted to add to my colleague's answer.
There have been five Popes that have taken the name
Well, it appears that Sixtus I was the sixth successor
to St. Peter. The other popes probably took the name
Sixtus in honor of the first Sixtus, one of their
predecessors. He was also given the title, martyr.
Here are a list
of the successors to St. Peter.
The Sixtus or Xystus who is commemorated in the Canon
of the Mass is Xystus II, not Xystus I.
Here is what New Advent has to say about all of them:
appears your late grandfather wanted to name you
after a special set of saints
so you would have a lot of saintly Pope's praying
Hope this helps,