Chrissie's Name Day

This year Chrissie's Name day is on 25th July 2017

Chrissie is derived from the Greek, 'Christ-bearer'; Chrissie has a name day of 25th July and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Christopher

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

  • All people who travel or work with transport
  • Those in danger of water, storms or sudden death

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

  • A Christ-child on his shoulder
  • A lantern
  • A palm tree and river.

Historically Famous Chrissies

Everyone has seen the little medals or car stickers showing the patron saint of travellers, St Christopher. Their use stems from the fact that Christopher, so the story goes, was a giant of a man who longed to serve the greatest master; he entered the service of a king, but left it when he saw the king abase himself before an evil wizard. Christopher then tried. to serve the Devil, but became disillusioned when he saw the Devil cringe at the sight of a hermit's crucifix. The hermit lived beside a river and scratched a living ferrying people across, so Christopher stayed to help him. One dark and stormy night, a tiny child came to Christopher and pleaded to be carried across. Against his better judgement, the giant took the child and entered the wild water. He found that he could barely stand, while the weight of the child grew insupportable. When he had struggled desperately to the other side, the child told him that he was the Christ for whom Christopher was looking, and that he had carried the weight of the whole world on his shoulder. Even if this story is not true, it illustrates the literal meaning of the name 'Christophoros' (Christ-bearer) which was borne by a martyr, probably in third-century Asia Minor. St Christopher is still an important saint for travellers; perhaps he should also give courage to the growing numbers of unemployed people.

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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