Nan's Name Day

This year Nan's Name day is on 26th July 2018

Nan is derived from the Hebrew, 'graceful'; Nan has a name day of 26th July and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Anne

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

  • Housewives
  • Grandmothers
  • Pregnant women
  • Cabinet makers
  • Canada

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

  • An angel
  • A flowering rod
  • A crown
  • A nest of young birds

Historically Famous Nans

It might be said that if St Anne had not existed, Christianity would have had to invent her - so important are grandmothers in the natural order of life. St Anne was the grandmother of Jesus, at least according to the apocryphal Protoevangelion of St James. Although nothing certain is known about her life, she can be seen - together with Mary and Jesus - in numerous Renaissance paintings. The account of Anna and her husband Joachim's miraculous conception of Mary may be strongly related to the Hebrew story of Hannah's conception of Samuel; in the same way, Mary's song - the Magnificat - echoes Hannah's song of triumphant joy. The mystery of Mary's birth has become known and honoured by many Christians, especially Roman Catholics, as the 'Immaculate Conception'.

Other Names Day resources

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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