Biddy's Name Day

This year Biddy's Name day was on 1st February 2017

Biddy is derived from old Irish; 'strong'; Biddy has a name day of 1st February and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

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:

  • Dairymaids
  • Poultry women
  • Nuns
  • Ireland
  • New Zealand
  • Scholars
  • Sweden

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
  • Corn
  • 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.

Other Names Day resources

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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