Marta's Name Day

This year Marta's Name day was on 11th November 2014

Marta is derived from the Latin, 'of Mars' - the Roman god of war.; Marta has a name day of 11th November and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Martin

Saint Martin, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Beggars
  • Soldiers (especially cavalry)
  • Riders
  • Tailors
  • Drinkers
  • Innkeepers

Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Martin has the following symbols associated

  • A horse
  • A sword and a coat cut in half
  • A goose
  • A scourge
  • A hare
  • Broken idols
  • A chair in flames
  • A demon at his feet

Historically Famous Martas

Women may be named after St Martina, a legendary Roman martyr, but it is more likely that they would be under the patronage of St Martin of Tours (born 315), who was one of the most popular saints of the Middle Ages. Many English churches are dedicated to this saint, and the name was given to boys and girls alike (as was common in medieval times), as well as to the bird. The story most often recounted about Martin, a Hungarian soldier, concerns his time in the Roman army. One day, when he was stationed in Amiens, France, he met a beggar and having nothing to give him, he slashed his cloak in half and shared it with him. Later, Christ, wrapped in the half-cloak, appeared to him in a dream and Martin was converted. He obtained a discharge from the army, not without difficulty, and became a hermit. He then became a monk under St Hilary, and eventually founded his own community. He was not allowed to live peacefully as a religious for long, however, before the people of Tours insisted that he be consecrated as their bishop. Martin was even more horrified than the other bishops, who thought him rather too ascetic and unkempt to do honour to the position. He tried to run away but was betrayed by the loud honking of a goose that he disturbed. As a bishop, Martin continued to travel to the remotest places, preaching and working miracles. At his funeral procession (made up of 2000 monks) there was an outbreak of summer weather; today, good weather at about that time of year is called a 'St Martin's Summer'. His death coincided with the tasting of the new season's wine, so we also use the phrase 'Martin-drunk'

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Name days stem from celebrations or festivals held to celebrate Saints, these dates were chosen by the relevant church that had declared the person a Saint and as they were often only referred to by a single name then the festival became known as that particular name's day hence name day. The  popular custom of celebrating your name day is wide spread across Europe and the middle east it's rise can be traced back to people's desire to have the occasional party and with literacy being constrained to clergy and similar scribes then people would not know the date unless informed via this route hence if your saint name was being celebrated then why not push the boat out!

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