Dorothy's Name Day

This year Dorothy's Name day is on 6th February 2018

Dorothy is derived from the Greek, 'gift of God'; Dorothy has a name day of 6th February and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.
This name is a truly ancient name from which numerous variations have been derived as shown below (NB The M or F in brackets are Male or Female orientated names)

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

  • Florists
  • Gardeners

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

  • An angel with a basket of apples or roses
  • A sword
  • A crown

Historically Famous Dorothys

The martyr of the Diocletian persecution is a Christian heroine of a romance. The story goes that she was a beautiful girl of Cappadocia (Thrkey) who was sentenced to death. As she was being led out to execution, a lawyer, Theophilus, jeered at her, asking her to send him fruit and flowers from the heavenly garden. After her death, a child appeared to him with a basket of roses and apples, adding - ominously - that Dorothy was waiting for him in the garden. Theophilus was converted, and immediately executed too

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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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