Leonard's Name Day

This year Leonard's Name day is on 6th November 2018

Leonard is derived from the Latin and Old German, 'lion bold'.; Leonard has a name day of 6th November 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 Leonard, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • Women in childbirth
  • Prisoners, especially prisoners-of-war.

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

  • A chain with manacles
  • Broken chains
  • A fountain.

Historically Famous Leonards

A popular medieval saint in France, Germany and Britain, little is known for sure about St Leonard. A book written about him in the eleventh century (The. Life of St Leonard) recounts that he was a hermit who refused a bishopric and went to live in a forest in southern France. One day, King Clovis and his wife were riding through the forest when the queen, who was pregnant, unexpectedly went into labour. St Leonard gave them shelter and delivered the baby, and the king was so thankful that he granted him as much land as he could ride around on a donkey in one night, and a pardon for any prisoners he visited. Leonard built a monastery on the land he was granted, and many of the men freed by the royal pardon joined Leonard there. It is thought that his monastery also became a popular shrine for returning crusaders, especially those who had been taken prisoner and had invoked Leonard's aid for their release

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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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