Adrian's Name Day

This year Adrian's Name day was on 8th September 2017

Adrian is derived 'from Adria', a port on the Adriatic Sea; Adrian has a name day of 8th September and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.
This name is a truly ancient name from which numerous variations have been derived as shown below (NB The M or F in brackets are Male or Female orientated names)

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

  • Arms dealers!
  • Butchers
  • Prison officers

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

  • Armour
  • A hammer and anvil
  • A key
  • A wheel

Historically Famous Adrians

This name became widely known in England in the twelfth century, when Nicholas Breakespear took it on becoming the first and only English pope - Adrian IV. It was actually St Adrian III, however, who was canonized, although no one knows much about his life. An earlier Adrian, and his companion Eubulus, were martyred in Caesarea in 309 for visiting the Christians in prison there, and there was a St Adrian martyred by the Danes on one of their raids on the Scottish coasts in the ninth century. Another St Adrian was an African who became the Abbot of Canterbury, where he died peacefully in 710. . The most well-known St Adrian, married to St Natalia, was also martyred, in 304, for looking after persecuted Christians. He was a Roman soldier in Nicomedia who was so impressed by his Christian prisoners that he joined them. His wife encouraged him in his quest for martyrdom, and is herself venerated as a martyr, although she fled to Agyropolis after his execution, where she died of natural causes.

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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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