Owen's Name Day

This year Owen's Name day is on 27th December 2018

Owen is derived from the Hebrew, 'Jehovah has favoured'; Owen has a name day of 27th December and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name John

There is also an alternative celebration date of 24th June for this Name day and represents different religious interpretations or different festival days for Saints

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

  • Writers
  • Turkey
  • Motorways
  • Road construction workers
  • Leather- and wool-workers

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

  • A cup and a serpent
  • An eagle
  • A serpent on a sword
  • A scroll of his Gospel
  • A camel-hair tunic
  • A locust
  • His head on a platter
  • A lamb
  • A lamb on a book with seven seals
  • An open Bible
  • A scroll with words "Ecce Agnus Dei"

Historically Famous Owens

There are at least 64 Johns in Roman martyrology, as well as many other fascinating characters like the Cure d' Ars, and St John of the Cross; the number of different forms of the name show how popular it was and still is. But it was from St John the Apostle and Evangelist and, to a lesser extent, St John the Baptist, that all Johns take their inspiration. St John the Evangelist was the brother of James, son of Zebedee and Salome, and perhaps even the cousin of Jesus. He was certainly one of the three disciples who were called to be with Jesus during his Transfiguration and the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, and tradition has it that he was 'the disciple whom Jesus loved', mentioned in his Gospel. It was he who received Jesus' charge to look after Mary, his mother, and he who, as tradition has it, gave us the majestic fourth Gospel, as well as other letters in the New Testa- . ment. It is said that he lived for many years on Patmos, Greece, and later at Ephesus, Turkey, where.he died

John the Baptist has a rather different reputation from that of the gentle old man of Ephesus. Luke's Gospel account certainly portrays him as the cousin of Jesus, but he seems to have been a rough and ready man. As a baby in the womb, he greeted Jesus, and became the voice crying in the wilderness: 'prepare ye the way of the Lord', as foretold in Malachi 3: 1. His life baptizing people in the Jordan was as dramatic in its ending as it was at the beginning when an angel appeared to his father. He was imprisoned, and beheaded during Herod's birthday feast at the whim of Herod's illegal wife and her daughter, a dancing girl.

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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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