Patrick's Name Day

This year Patrick's Name day is on 17th March 2018

Patrick is derived from the Latin, 'of the noble patrician class'; Patrick has a name day of 17th 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)

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

  • Ireland
  • Nigeria

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

  • An archbishop's cross
  • A shamrock
  • An Irish harp
  • Fire
  • A font
  • A mitre
  • A dragon
  • A long staff
  • A wallet

Historically Famous Patricks

St Patrick has become synonymous with Ireland, the land to which he came as a missionary bishop in 432. It is rather surprising considering that Patrick was not Irish but a Romano-Briton, and his first experience of Ireland was as a slave, when he was captured and sold into slavery for about six years. After escaping to France and being consecrated by St Germanus in Auxerre, Patrick returned to Ireland where he travelled about, teaching and working miracles, as well as writing. One of his best-loved traits was that of teaching the truths of the faith using homely, simple images; his example of the shamrock (or cloverleaf) representing the mystery of the Trinity has become universal, as well as his own personal symbol. He founded the great church at Armargh in 444 (where Oliver Plunket became bishop over 1000 years later), and died in 461.

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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