Isabel's Name Day

This year Isabel's Name day is on 5th November 2017

Isabel is derived from the Hebrew, 'God is my satisfaction'; Isabel has a name day of 5th November and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Elizabeth

There is also an alternative celebration date of 4th January for this Name day and represents different religious interpretations or different festival days for Saints

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

  • Pregnant women

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

  • Elizabeth herself greeting Mary
  • Elizabeth herself holding John the Baptist

Historically Famous Isabels

The first Elizabeth in the Christian calendar was the cousin of Mary, and the mother of St John the Baptist. The story of her miraculous conception of John is told in the first pages of the Gospel according to St Luke, and it mirrors the yet more miraculous birth of Christ. There are other traditions about her and her husband, Zachariah; whatever the truth of them, she is invoked as the patroness of all pregnant women for it was while he was in her womb that John first 'leaped' in joyful recognition of Jesus

There have been many other St Elizabeths since. One was Queen Elizabeth of Hungary, whose unhappy life as wife, mother and queen was matched only by that of her great-niece, Queen Elizabeth of Portugal. Elizabeth of Hungary is remembered for her unceasing charity to the poor in spite of her husband's opposition and then, after his death, her own poverty. She died at the age of 24 in 1231. Her symbols are three crowns (as virgin, wife and widow) and roses, a basket of bread, a baby in a cradle, a distaff, and bread and wine. Her feast day is on 19 November. A later Elizabeth was the first American-born to be canonized. Elizabeth Bayley Seton was born in 1774, was married and the mother of five children. Before her husband's death she founded a Protestant charity for women and children; after he died she became a Roman Catholic and founded a girls' school. She then became 'Mother Seton', the Mother Superior of a new Order of nuns called the Daughters of Charity of St Joseph.

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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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