Celebrate YOUR name!


“‘Who are you?’ said the Caterpillar.”

Unlike Alice, in her Wonderland adventure, most of us would reply to the Caterpillar’s question with our name. Usually we would give first our given name. Christians usually refer to this given name as their ‘Christian’ name.

Many Christians, especially in parts of Europe and Latin America, celebrate the day associated with their Christian name. Often this will be the feast of the saint with the same name, but most names have a date associated with them – even if its not a saint’s day. Indeed there are websites (such as this one ) to help you find a suitable date if you are unsure.

A family picnic celebrating a name day at the Lewis Carroll birthplace site

A family picnic celebrating a name day at the Lewis Carroll birthplace, Daresbury

So, if you don’t know when your name day find it out, or allocate a suitable date.

Unlike T S Eliot’s cats most of us do not have a “Deep and inscrutable singular Name.” Others will have shared our name. Maybe read about the saint who shares your name, or other people who have shared it. Find out about the traditional meaning of your name.

And, more importantly, why not add celebrating your name day to the list of celebrations in your life! It could be a day for individual celebration, or a family event, or a simple gathering of friends.

How one celebrates can be up to the individual – but at least cake could be involved, along with doing something a little different perhaps inspired by the name itself, and maybe add a splash of style …


About stchrysostoms

St Chrysostom’s is an Anglican (Church of England) parish church in Manchester. We’re an inclusive, diverse and welcoming faith community where people of differing backgrounds make friends. Find our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2364267899/
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2 Responses to Celebrate YOUR name!

  1. Pingback: A Name, A Date and a Saint | Keeping up with Kate

  2. Derek Palmer says:

    19th September – Theodore of Tarsus
    23rd October – James of Jerusalem

    If you wonder how one gets Derek from Theodore, I’ll explain sometime.

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