It was my father who decided on my name, Sara Lynn. His last name also being, Santarsiero originates to the Italian meaning, Saint of the Mountain.
My father and my mother were both raised Roman Catholic. That being said, when it was time for me to become an adult in the eyes of the Church (the year I turned 15) I had to take the responsibility of choosing a Saint to honor. Basically,one must pick a Saint and then carry on his or her legacy by adding said name to her own.
The next obvious statement to follow, I decided on Mother Teresa. It was only recently that she was made a Saint. That being said, she was probably the most modern among Saints that I had learned about over the years. She is a truly remarkable woman, having won the Noble Peace Prize back in 1979 and committing her entire life to help others.
I don't considered myself affiliated with the Catholic Church these days but I still hold a special place in my heart for Mother Teresa.
On a side note, the day before my Confirmation my mother told me that when they announce my full name (Saint name included) it would be "Sara Lynn Mother Teresa Santarsiero". I didn't realize they would include "Mother". Clearly this was a good piece of news!