Name Days and Patron Saints
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It usually applies to the first Baptismal name. Since, traditionally, a different Saint's name was taken at Confirmation, one would have already been observing a Name Day for several years before that occurred. And, of course, except for the nobility, until recently, most people only had one Baptismal name. In fact, on my Father's side, I'm the first to have more than one.

Of course, if there are multiple Saints of the name, there is some flexibility. My Name Saint is Јован Златоуст (Jovan Zlatoust=John Chrysostomos). My son, John, is named for St John Damascene.

And it is not only Catholics that keep the custom. With the exception of the Serbs (who keep their family 'Slava', the Saint's Day on which their first Christian ancestor was baptised), the Orthodox do as well. And Scandinavian Lutherans have never lost the custom. In fact, Sweden's list of 'official names' (yes, it's a thing!) has the Saint's Feast Day by the name.

As an aside I have two daughters, one is Eugenie Therese (for the Little Flower) Marie and the other is Dominique Maureen (a form of Mary in Irish) Ann Elizabeth, for St Elizabeth of Hungary. And, as long time Fishies know, my sons are Zachary Joseph Mary, Charles Albert Mary, and John Matthias Mary. ;)
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Name Days and Patron Saints - by Stalwart - 10-02-2019, 11:25 PM
RE: Name Days and Patron Saints - by jovan66102 - 10-02-2019, 11:47 PM



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