Maximilian's Name Day

This year Maximilian's Name day is on 14th August 2018

Maximilian is derived from the Latin, 'the greatest'; Maximilian has a name day of 14th August 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 Maximilian, whose feast day the celebration is based upon is a patron saint of the following:

  • All those who have become dependent on drugs.

Historically Famous Maximilians

The Second World War witnessed the death of many Christians, some of whom showed a depth of faith which still inspires people today. One of these was Maximilian Kolbe, who was executed in 1941 and canonized in 1983. Fr Maximilian Kolbe was a Polish Franciscan friar who became the head of a large friary at Niepokalonow. With great courage, the friars sheltered many refugees, many of whom were Jewish. Maximilian was arrested and taken to Auschwitz. He worked ceaselessly to encourage and. support his fellow friars and the other prisoners, and when one was arbitrarily chosen to suffer death by starvation as a reprisal for another prisoner's escape, Fr Kolbe offered to take his place. He remained as cheerful and calm as ever for a fortnight, always encouraging the men who were suffering and dying alongside him. Eventually, the Nazis lost patience and gave him a lethal injection on 14 August.

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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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