Q: Yesterday I was asked a question about the history of choosing a confirmation name and, do other countries have this tradition?
Could you provide me with answers and/or reference where I can find the answers? First time I have had that question.
A: I don’t know anyone who’s done a study on it. But it is fairly recent in church history. The US is one of the few countries that follow the tradition. There is no provision for it in liturgical books, canon law or the catechism. The universal church presumes that the bishop is confirming a person with that person’s baptismal name.
I’m not a big proponent of confirmation names. But I tolerate them because so many people LOVE them.