Gillean's Name Day

This year Gillean's Name day is on 12th February 2018

Gillean is derived from a Roman family name, meaning 'bumfluff'.; Gillean has a name day of 12th February and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Julian

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

  • Ferrymen
  • Innkeepers
  • Those who travel
  • Circus artistes

Historically Famous Gilleans

St Julian the Hospitaller is the patron of many churches, hospitals and charities in Europe because of the strange story about him in the medieval Golden Legend (drawn up by Jacob of Voraigne between 1255-1266, containing lives of saints and short treatises on Christian festivals). Julian was horrified to discover that it predicted that he would kill his parents, so he sent himself into exile. He eventually married, but his loving parents searched for and found him, only to be killed by him in a terrible mistake, just as the prediction had said. Full of terrible remorse, Julian and his wife abandoned their castle and wealth, and set up a pilgrims' hospice and ferry on the banks of a dangerous river. Shortly before their deaths, Julian rowed an angel well-disguised as a poor, ill pilgrim - across the river. Before the angel disappeared, he assured Julian that God had seen his penitence and forgiven the murder.

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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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