Hugo's Name Day

This year Hugo's Name day is on 17th November 2017

Hugo is derived : from Old German, 'understanding'; Hugo has a name day of 17th November and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Hugh

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

  • Swans

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

  • A swan

Historically Famous Hugos

St Hugh of Grenoble was the beloved bishop of that city, whose personal holiness was combined with a great determination to improve both the practical and devotional life of the people in his care. He was once a pupil of St Bruno, and it was he who gave Bruno and his companions the land to build the great Cistercian monastery at La Grande Chartreuse. His feast day is celebrated on April Fools' Day and his symbols in art are a branch and seven stars, lanterns or three flowers.

St Hugh of Lincoln was, despite his name, another Frenchman, born in 1135 - three years after his compatriot's death. Like many other bishops, Hugh was appointed by a king hopeful of making friends in high places; like many other kings, Henry II was disappointed. In fact, Hugh turned out to be so firm in the defence of his people against the greed and arrogance of their royal masters that he was called 'Hammerking'. He may have called himself 'peppery' but he was greatly admired for his courage in standing up to Henry II, Richard and John. Not only did he fight royal oppression but he was remarkable for his defence of the Jews in his city at a time when persecution was common. He was known as a kind and tender man with time for the poor, for playing with children and caring for the ill. He kept many pets, induding a wild swan who would bury its head in Hugh's wide sleeves and follow him everywhere about his manor, returning to the wild when Hugh was away from home

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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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