Barbara's Name Day

This year Barbara's Name day is on 4th December 2017

Barbara is derived from the Greek, 'a foreigner'; Barbara has a name day of 4th December and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.
This Name has no alternative spellings or shorter versions

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

  • Architects
  • Gunsmiths
  • Miners
  • Firefighters
  • Pyrotechnists
  • Sailors

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

  • A chalice
  • A host and paten (Communion plate)
  • A tower with three windows
  • A tower and palm leaf
  • Peacock feather
  • Torches
  • A sword

Historically Famous Barbaras

No one knows if, when or where Barbara really existed. The legend - a seventh-century romance - tells of a beautiful girl who was imprisoned in a tower by her own father, Dioscurus, in order to keep men - especially Christian men - away. But a doctor managed to get into the tower to teach her about the Christian faith, which she immediately accepted - much to her father's fury. Although Barbara survived the torture of the authorities, her father cut off her head, upon which he was struck by lightning and completely incinerated. whether true or simply a legend, Barbara became a well-loved patron, particularly by those who worked with explosives or those in need of help during thunderstorms.

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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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