This year Biddy's Name day was on 1st February 2017
This name is a variant of the original name Brigid
There is also an alternative celebration date of 23rd July for this Name day and represents different religious interpretations or different festival days for Saints
Saint Brigid, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:
- Poultry women
- New Zealand
Symbols are often associated with Saints, it often helped in the middle ages when people were unable to read thus Brigid has the following symbols associated
- A column of fire
- A goose
- A branch growing from an altar
- A cow
- A large bowl
- A book
Historically Famous Biddys
Brigid, born in Ireland about 455, became so beloved for her charity and her mircle working powers that it is hard to piece together any factual account of her life. She was born near Dundalk and founded a monestary at Kildare before her death in 523.
Bridget, born in Sweden nearly a 1000 years later than irish Brigid, she could not have had a more different life. Born into a wealthy family her marriage produced eight children one of whom was also canonized. Bridget had a place at court and after she was widowed became a mystic and writer whose advice was accepted by kings and popes. Bridget travelled the known world eventually settling in Rome helping the poor. She passsed away in 1373.