Looking for an intriguing virtue name for a girl? Socorro could make an unexpected choice.
Some recent namespotting inspired today’s Baby Name of the Day.
In Spanish, this name literally means relief or succor. Succor comes from the Latin succursus via French.
Succor sounds a bit awkward in English, doesn’t it? Seldom heard in everyday speech, it carries a strong religious meaning. Our Lady of Perpetual Succor is another title for Mary, though in English, we tend to call her Our Lady of Perpetual Help, or sometimes Our Mother of Perpetual Help, instead.
A fifteenth-century Byzantine icon by the name depicts Mary with the infant Jesus. Images of Mary abound, but this one is officially recognized by the Vatican. The faithful can visit the restored icon at Sant’Alfonso all’Equilino in Rome.