Name for Confirmation

In Paul Turner's Blog by Paul Turner

Q: I have a question about choosing a name for Confirmation.  Where in the RCIA does it address this? I can only find something about choosing a name for baptism and nothing about confirmation.  Last night at the Vigil, our deacon, pastor, and some on the RCIA team tried to convince me that our neophyte needed a confirmation name.  I said no, that she can be confirmed in her baptismal name, which is what happened.


A: There is no confirmation name presumed in the Rite of Confirmation, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, the Code of Canon Law, the Catechism, or particular law in the US. The giving of a name is a custom in the US, but, the books presume that people get confirmed with their baptismal name. 

Not many agree with me, but I think the baptismal name is best. It is the person’s own name, the same one used for all the sacraments.