Barnaby's Name Day

This year Barnaby's Name day was on 11th June 2017

Barnaby is derived from the Hebrew, 'son of consolation'; Barnaby has a name day of 11th June and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Barnabas

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

  • Harvesters
  • Cyprus

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

  • A dalmatic

Historically Famous Barnabys

Although Barnabas was not one of the Twelve, he is called an 'apostle' - that is, 'one who is sent'. Barnabas worked tirelessly to bring the Gospel to the people of the Roman Empire; indeed, his first mission was to be a companion to the newly-converted Paul (also called an apostle) when many Christians in Jerusalem could only remember him as the raging persecutor, Saul, who witnessed the stoning of St Stephen. We know from Acts that Barnabas was a Cypriot Jew, 'a good man, full of the Holy Ghost and of faith'. He accompanied Paul on his first missionary journey and is honoured as the founder of the Church on Cyprus. Barnabas was also the cousin of John Mark, the youngman who may have written the first Gospel. John Mark started out on the mission with them but disgraced himself - in Paul's eyes, at least - by wearying of the dangers. Barnabas, to his everlasting credit, took the part of the younger man and went back with him, although later he managed to reconcile the tWo. The Bible does not tell us what became of Barnabas, although tradition says that he was martyred at Salamis, Greece. Since Barnabas' feast day is the 11 June (the old style Midsummer Day), he has become the patron saint of haymakers and harvesters, as well as of Cyprus.

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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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