Gemma's Name Day

This year Gemma's Name day is on 11th April 2017

Gemma is derived from the Latin, 'jewel'; Gemma has a name day of 11th April and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.
This Name has no alternative spellings or shorter versions

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

  • Pharmacists

Historically Famous Gemmas

Gemma Galgani was a young Tuscan servant, born in 1878 to a poor pharmacist. She longed to enter the order of the Passionist nuns, but was chronically ill with spinal tuberculosis. Although she later believed that she had been cured miraculously by the intervention of St Gabriel Possenti, she was still too weak. Nevertheless, she led an extraordinary life - alternating between mystical and demonic states, receiving the marks of the stigmata and often behaving in a way she could only explain as being possessed by demons. In between these periods, Gemma was considered to be exceptionally holy and patient in her suffering, and it was for these qualities that she was canonized after her death at the age of 25.

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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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