Joseph's Name Day

This year Joseph's Name day is on 19th March 2018

Joseph is derived from the Hebrew, 'may Jehovah increase'; Joseph has a name day of 19th March 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)

There is also an alternative celebration date of 17th March for this Name day and represents different religious interpretations or different festival days for Saints

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

  • Carpenters
  • Fathers
  • House-hunters
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • Vietnam

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

  • A carpenter's square
  • Saw
  • Axe and hatchet
  • A staff
  • A dove

Historically Famous Josephs

Little is known about St Joseph, the carpenter who was betrothed to Mary and became the earthly father of Jesus. Legend has it that he was an old man when he married Mary, who was already pregnant. He was reassured in a dream by an angel who proclaimed his betrothed's chastity. Certainly, the Gospels are silent about him, although the tradition that the marriage was never consummated is difficult to explain in the light of the brothers of Jesus mentioned later. What is not in contention, however, is the care he took both of mother and child and his obedience to God's will.

Other St Josephs include Joseph of. Arimathea, the devout Jew who offered his own expensive rock-tomb to shelter Jesus' body; he is thus patron saint of undertakers and cemetery staff. He has always had a place in English affections because of the legend that he came to Glastonbury after the Resurrection, bringing the chalice used at the Last Supper (Arthur's Holy Grail), and planting his staff, which grew into a flowering hawthorn tree. His symbols are a thorn tree, a box of ointment, a vase and the Holy Grail; his feast day is celebrated on 17 March. A more disorderly but engaging St Joseph was the young Franciscan friar of Cupertino, Italy, who was only ordained by mistake, since he was thought to be mentally retarded. He may have been, but he was full of irrepressible joy and a strange ability to foretell events, which eventually persuaded the Church hierar chy that he was a saint. Rather more alarmingly, St Joseph became notorious for his astonishing habit of levitating, especially when moved by Christmas carols. Although this attracted many visitors, his superiors were not best pleased. He is now, appropriately enough, patron of astronauts and all involved in aviation. His feast day is 18 September

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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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