Carl's Name Day

This year Carl's Name day is on 4th November 2017

Carl is derived from Old German, 'man'; Carl has a name day of 4th November and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Charles

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

  • Sunday School teachers
  • Ordinands and seminarians.

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

  • An orb and cross
  • The word humilitas (humility) with a crown

Historically Famous Carls

We still tend to think of saints and martyrs as medieval and white - or even Roman and white - whereas, in fact, this century and a half has seen more Christian martyrdoms than ever before, most of them in Third World countries. One of these, Charles Lwanga, was burned to death in 1886. He was one of many teenage boys kept by Mwanga, King of Uganda, in an 'alternative' harem. Charles became a Christian and converted 22 of his friends, whereupon they were transported to Namugongo and executed. He is remembered on 3 June and honoured as a patron of African boys. The film Black Robe gave another side to the story of missionary stupidity and Amerindian sensitivity; Charles Garnier, a French priest who was murdered by the Iroquois while he was living and working in a Huron village in 1649, might have been the inspiration for it. His feast day is the 26 September. St Charles Borromeo, however, after whom so many of the other St Charles were named was indeed medieval and white. After the rather scandalous start of being born to a Medici and a Borromeo, and becoming the owner of a rich abbey and then a cardinal by nepotism (literally - the gift given by his uncle, Pope Pius IV) before he was 23, Charles became a priest and bishop in his own right. Although he had a stammer, he preached tirelessly, and set about reforming the Church so rigorously that a monk of the Humilitati (an Order which was losing money through these reforms), tried to assassinate him. When the plague broke out, he spent his energy and his personal fortune caring for the sick, and he also founded Sunday Schools or 'the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine'. If he had one indulgence, apparently it was the comparatively innocent one - at least by his ancestors' standards - for playing chess

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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