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Greek Saint Namedays - Origins & Customs

21 Fe bruary 2014

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Greek Saint Namedays - Origins & Customs
Andreas

Andrew

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NOVEMBER

Elisabet

Elizabeth

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Greek Saint Namedays - Origins & Customs
Miltiadis

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APRIL

Minas

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Greek Saint Namedays - Origins & Customs
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Simon

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Foibi

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  1. 1. 2/21/14 Greek Saint Namedays - Origins & Customs 21 Fe bruary 2014 HO ME BE S T O F S A N TO RIN I IS LA N D H O LIDA YS | M E M BE R O F S A N TO RIN I® WE B Quick Links : C HUR C HES MUSEUMS EXHIBITIO NS AR C HAEO LO GIC AL SITES C ASTLES Greek Saint Namedays : Origins & Customs Santorini Churches & Religion, Monasteries, Religious Holidays, Festivals and Greek Namedays Namedays are a special and important part of Greek life because the In the beginning of the Greek Orthodox religion, these celebrations very names themselves go back to the very beginning of Greek were mainly observed as saint's days, but later became individual culture. C oming down to us through the ages are the marvelous 'namedays'. Nowadays namedays are considered much more names of heroes, saints and mythological figures such as the mighty important (and easier to remember) than a person's actual birthday. Heraklis, Odysseus, Alexander, Socrates, Plato, C onstantine, Helen In most cases, it is a tradition in Greece, that when a person has a and many many more. Many of them have changed little over time nameday, he or she gives an 'open-house' party where refreshments and are still used today. For instance, the name 'Ioannis' is the are offered to friends and acquaintances alike. derivative of 'John', and 'Maria' the root for Mary. All these names During a nameday, it's usual to call your friends to wish them and more are all derived from the original Greek ... 'chronia polla', or 'be blessed with many years' and also 'na ziseis' or ' live long'. When visiting your 'nameday' friend, take along a gift (usually a box of sweets, flowers or a plant). Please Note : * The letter 'B' in our list is pronounced in Greek as 'V'. * The letter 'H' in our list is pronounced in Greek as 'I'. * The letter 'X' in our list is pronounced in Greek as 'Ch' or 'H' - An exception in the list are the names Xeni and Xenofon. They must be pronounced as the English 'X' - There are 2 sets of names beginning with 'T', one with 'Th' and the other with 'T'. 'Th' represents the Greek alphabet letter 'THETA'. Saint Namedays Each Month A-B In Greek Alphabetical Order < G-D-E-Z > GREEK NAME EQUIVALENT TO DATE MONTH GREEK NAME EQUIVALENT TO DATE MONTH Achilleus Achilles 24 APRIL Gabril Gabriel 8 NOVEMBER Adrianos Hadrian 26 AUGUST Galini - 16 APRIL Aemilianos Emil 18 / 8 JULY / AUGUST Gerasimos - 16/ 20 AUGUST / OC TOBER Agathi Agatha 5 FEBRUARY Georgios George 23 APRIL Agapi - 17 SEPTEMBER Glykeria - 13 MAY Aggelos Angelo 8 NOVEMBER Grigoris Gregory 25 JANUARY Aglaia - 19 DEC EMBER Damianos Damien 1/1 JULY / NOVEMBER Agni Agnes 21 JANUARY Daniil Daniel 17 DEC EMBER Aikaterini C atherine 25 NOVEMBER Despoina - 15 AUGUST Agathaggelos - 23 JANUARY Dimitrios - 26 OC TOBER Akilas - 14 JULY Dimosthenis - 10 APRIL Alexandros Alexander 30 AUGUST Diomidis - 16 AUGUST Alexios Alex 17 MARC H Dionysos Dionysus 3 / 17 OC TOBER / DEC EMBER Alkiviadis - 16 AUGUST Dorotheos - 5 JUNE Anargyros - 1/1 JULY / NOVEMBER Eirini Irene 5 MAY Anastasia Anastazia 22 DEC EMBER Eleni Ellen, Helen 21 MAY Anastasios - 22 / 27 JANUARY - APRIL Elevtherios - 15 DEC EMBER www.santonet.gr/churches/greek_namedays.htm 1/4
  2. 2. 2/21/14 Greek Saint Namedays - Origins & Customs Andreas Andrew 30 NOVEMBER Elisabet Elizabeth 24 APRIL Andriani Andriana 30 NOVEMBER Elpida Hope 17 SEPTEMBER Adrianos - 26 AUGUST Emmanouil Emmanuel 26 DEC EMBER Andronikos - 17 / 30 MAY / JULY Epameinondas 10 APRIL Anthi - 12 /15 APRIL / DEC EMBER Ermioni Hermione 14 SEPTEMBER Anthimos - 3 SEPTEMBER Evagellos - 25 MARC H Antigoni Antigone 1 SEPTEMBER Evanthia Eve, Eva 11 SEPTEMBER Anna Anna 25 / 9 JULY / DEC EMBER Evgenia Eugenie 24 DEC EMBER Antonis Anthony 17 JANUARY Evgenios Eugene 7 MARC H Apollon Apollo 5 JUNE Evdokia - 1 MARC H Apostolos - 30 JUNE Evdoxia - 31 JANUARY Argyrios - 1/1 JULY / NOVEMBER Evfimia - 11 / 16 JULY / SEPTEMBER Ariadni Ariadne 18 SEPTEMBER Evfrosini - 25 SEPTEMBER Artemios - 20 OC TOBER Evthalia - 2 MARC H 13 SEPTEMBER Evthimios 11 / 16 JULY / SEPTEMBER 20 JANUARY 10 OC TOBER Aristeidis Asklipios - 27 FEBRUARY Evthimios Aspasia - 1 SEPTEMBER Evlampia Athanasios - 18 JANUARY Evlampios - 10 OC TOBER Athina Athina 1 SEPTEMBER Evsebios - 15 / 22 FEBRUARY / JUNE Avgoustinos Augustine 15 JUNE Evstathios 20 SEPTEMBER Baia - 8 APRIL Evstratios - 13 DEC EMBER Balentini Valentine 14 FEBRUARY Evtixios - 6 / 24 APRIL / AUGUST Basileios Basil 1 JANUARY Zaxaria Zachary 8/5 FEBRUARY / SEPTEMBER Bartholomaios Bartholomew 11 JUNE Zinobia 30 OC TOBER Beroniki Veronica 12 JULY Zinon 22 JUNE Biktor Victor 11 NOVEMBER Zoi 20 APRIL Biktoria Victoria 11 NOVEMBER Blasios - 11 FEBRUARY Saint Namedays Each Month H - TH - I - 0 - K - L - Zoe In Greek Alphabetical Order < M-N-X-0-P > GREEK NAME EQUIVALENT TO DATE MONTH GREEK NAME EQUIVALENT TO DATE MONTH Hlias - 20 JULY Magdalini Magdalene 29 / 22 APRIL / JULY Hraklis Hercules 10 APRIL Margarita Margaret 1 SEPTEMBER Hsaias Isaiah 9 MAY Maria Maria, Mary 15 / 21 AUGUST / NOVEMBER Theano - 1 SEPTEMBER Marina Marina 17 JULY Thekla - 24 SEPTEMBER Markella - 22 JULY Themistoklis Themistokles 21 DEC EMBER Markos Mark, Marcus 25 APRIL Theodosia - 29 MAY Martha Martha 4 JUNE Theodosios - 11 / 13 JANUARY / APRIL Mathaios Matthew 16 NOVEMBER Theodora Theodora 11 FEBRUARY Maximos Maximus 21 JANUARY Theodoros Theodore 3 MARC H Meletios - 12 / 1 FEBRUARY / SEPTEMBER Theologos - 8 MAY Merkourios Mercury 25 NOVEMBER Theofanis - 6 / 12 JANUARY / MARC H Miltiadis - 10 APRIL www.santonet.gr/churches/greek_namedays.htm 2/4
  3. 3. 2/21/14 Greek Saint Namedays - Origins & Customs Miltiadis 10 APRIL Minas JULY - 11 NOVEMBER Theofilos - 8 Thomas Thomas 22 / 4 / 6 APRIL / MAY / OC TOBER Mixail Michael 8 NOVEMBER Iakovos Jacob 21 /23 MARC H / OC TOBER Natalia Natalie 26 AUGUST Iason Jason 29 APRIL Nektarios - 9 NOVEMBER Ieremias Jeremia 1 MAY Neofytos - 21 JANUARY Ierotheos - 4 OC TOBER Nestor Nestor 27 OC TOBER Ignatios Ignatius 20 DEC EMBER Nikitas - 15 SEPTEMBER Iordanis Jordan 6 JANUARY Nikiforos - 9/2 FEBRUARY / JUNE Ioulia Julia 18 MAY Nikodimos Nikodemus 14 JULY Ioulianos Julian 21 DEC EMBER Nikolaos Nicholas 6 DEC EMBER Ioulitta Juliette 15 JULY Xeni - 24 JANUARY Iounia June 17 MAY Xenofon - 26 JANUARY Isidoros Isidore 4 / 14 FEBRUARY / MAY Olga Olga 11 JULY Ioakeim Joacim 9 SEPTEMBER Olympia - 25 JULY Ioannis John 7 JANUARY Orestis Orestes 10 NOVEMBER Isokratis - 10 APRIL Palladios - 28 JANUARY Kalliopi - 8 JUNE Panagiotis - 15 AUGUST Kirykos - 15 JULY Panteleimon - 27 JULY Kleio C leo 1 SEPTEMBER Paraskevi - 26 JULY Kleopatra C leopatra 1 SEPTEMBER Parthenis - 7 FEBRUARY Kosmas - 1/1 JULY / NOVEMBER Pasxalis - 15 APRIL Kyprianos - 2 OC TOBER Pavlos Paul 29 JUNE Kyriaki - 7 JULY Pelagia - 4/8 MAY / OC TOBER Kyriakos - 29 SEPTEMBER Periklis - 10 APRIL Konstantinos C onstantine 21 MAY Petros - 29 JUNE Lazaros Lazarus 7 APRIL Pigi - 20 APRIL Lampros - 15 APRIL Platon Plato 18 NOVEMBER Lavrentios Lawrence 10 AUGUST Polikarpos - 23 FEBRUARY Leonidas Leonidas 15 APRIL Polixeni - 23 SEPTEMBER Linos Linus 5 NOVEMBER Porfirios - 26 FEBRUARY Loukas Luke 18 OC TOBER Prodromos - 7 JANUARY Loukia Lucy 4 / 13 JULY / DEC EMBER Prokopios - 8 JULY Loukianos Lucien 15 OC TOBER Lydia Lydia 20 MAY Saint Namedays Each Month S-T In Greek Alphabetical Order < F-X > GREEK NAME EQUIVALENT TO DATE MONTH GREEK NAME EQUIVALENT TO DATE MONTH Sarantis - 16 AUGUST Fanourios - 27 AUGUST Savvas - 5 DEC EMBER Febrona - 25 JUNE Serafeim Serafim 6 / 8 / 4/ MAY / NOV / DEC Filimon - 6 / 22 JULY / NOVEMBER Sergios - 13 / 7 MAY / OC TOBER Filippos Philip 14 NOVEMBER Simeon - 3/1 FEBRUARY / SEPTEMBER Filothei - 19 FEBRUARY www.santonet.gr/churches/greek_namedays.htm 3/4
  4. 4. 2/21/14 Greek Saint Namedays - Origins & Customs Simon Simon 10 MAY Foibi Phoebe 3 SEPTEMBER Smaragdos - 9 MARC H Fokas - 22 SEPTEMBER Sofia Sophia, Sophie 17 SEPTEMBER Foteini - 26 / 13 FEBRUARY / MARC H Sofoklis Sophocles 10 APRIL Fotios - 6/6 JANUARY / FEBRUARY Spiridon - 12 DEC EMBER Xaralampos Harold, Harry 10 FEBRUARY Stamatis - 3 / 16 / 8 FEB / AUGUST / NOV Xarikleia - 10 / 1 FEBRUARY / SEPTEMBER Stavros - 14 SEPTEMBER Xaritini - 5 OC TOBER Stefanos Stephen 27 DEC EMBER Xristina C hristine 24 JULY Stylianos - 26 NOVEMBER Xristodoulos - 16 / 21 MARC H / OC TOBER Sokratis Socrates 27 OC TOBER Xristos C hristopher 25 DEC EMBER Sotirios - 6 AUGUST Xristoforos - 9 MAY Sozon - 7 SEPTEMBER Xrysa - 25 DEC EMBER Taxiarxis - 8 NOVEMBER Xrysafios - 25 OC TOBER Tatiani - 12 JANUARY Xrysanthos - 19 MARC H Timotheos Timothy 22 JANUARY Xrysostomos - 27 / 13 JANUARY / NOVEMBER Titos - 25 AUGUST Triantafyllos - 8 AUGUST Trifon - 1 FEBRUARY Please Note : * The letter 'B' in our list is pronounced in Greek as 'V'. * The letter 'H' in our list is pronounced in Greek as 'I'. * The letter 'X' in our list is pronounced in Greek as 'Ch' or 'H' - An exception in the list are the names Xeni and Xenofon. They must be pronounced as the English 'X' - There are 2 sets of names beginning with 'T', one with 'Th' and the other with 'T'. 'Th' represents the Greek alphabet letter 'THETA'. BAC K TO C HUR C HES & R ELIGIO N HO ME Santorini C ulture & Tradition / C hurches & Religion / Greek Namedays : SANTO R INI W EB PO R TALS // C opyright © 2007 - 2014 Santorini® W e b Se rvice s. All rights re se rve d. C opy, re production or any k ind of use without the writte n authorization of the rightful owne r is prohibite d and will be prose cute d. www.santonet.gr/churches/greek_namedays.htm 4/4

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