Gregory's Name Day

This year Gregory's Name day is on 3rd September 2018

Gregory is derived from the Greek, 'watchman'; Gregory has a name day of 3rd September and our description is based upon the male 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 Gregory, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Music
  • Popes
  • Schools

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

  • A dove
  • An altar
  • An ancient manuscript of music.

Historically Famous Gregorys

Gregory (540-604) is one of the great figures in the Western Church. Born into a wealthy family and becoming a very successful chief civil magistrate in Rome, he subsequently devoted much of his wealth to the founding of monasteries, eventually renouncing his worldly life and becoming a monk. Ten years later, in 590, he was the first monk ever to be elected Pope. Perhaps his most famous saying was made on passing through the slave market. He was admiring some blond children and asked of what race they came. On being told that they were Angles, he protested, 'Not Angles but angels!' On learning that the Angles of Eng land were pagans, he put plans in order that Augustine should lead a mission there. He has affected our lives in many ways, being a keen statesman and having had a great influence on the emerging Europe in his time. He shaped the way clergy - especially bishops - came to see their ministry and famously reorganized the Church's patterns of worship and music. What we know as the 'Gregorian chant' was written down and systematized under his supervision.

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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