Etheldreda's Name Day

This year Etheldreda's Name day was on 23rd June 2017

Etheldreda is derived from Old English, 'noble strength'; Etheldreda has a name day of 23rd June and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Audrey

There is also an alternative celebration date of 17th October for this Name day and represents different religious interpretations or different festival days for Saints

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

  • Those with diseases of the throat and neck
  • Ely

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

  • A sunflower
  • An open money chest

Historically Famous Etheldredas

The word 'tawdry' developed as a name for the sort of gaudy rubbish sold at the great St Audrey's Fair at Ely, Cambridgeshire, on her feast day, and Shakespeare uses 'Audrey' as the name of his irrepressibly lumpen country wench in As You Like It. The original Audrey, however, was the beautiful and determined princess Etheldreda; she seems to have lived up to her name. She was born in a village outside Newmarket in about 630 and took a vow of celibacy which she upheld, even when - for reasons of state - she was twice married. The Bishop, St Wilfrid, supported her resolution, and she. eventually founded the Abbey of Ely, one of the great double monasteries of the period, in 672. It was famous for its austerity and prayer under her rule, which lasted until 679, when she died of a tumour on her neck.

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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