Ray's Name Day

This year Ray's Name day is on 31st August 2018

Ray is derived from the Old German, 'strong or wise defence'; Ray has a name day of 31st August and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Raymond

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

  • Pregnant women
  • Babies
  • Midwives and obstetricians
  • Catalonia

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

  • A padlock
  • Three or four crowns
  • A crown of thorns

Historically Famous Rays

St Raymond of Penafort and St Peter Nolasco co-founded the Order of Our Lady of Ransom or the 'Mercedarians' in the early thirteenth century. This was a Spanish Order dedicated to rescuing Christians who had been taken prisoner by the Moorish occupation. St Raymond Nonnatus joined the Order and went to Algeria with ransom money for prisoners. When the money ran out, he offered himself in exchange for another man. This was agreed, but the Moors had not per haps reckoned with Raymond's determination to preach the Gospel, even in their own territory. Threatened by the flow of converts and determined to stop him, they found an effective but crude method: they put a padlock through his lips and put him into prison. His guards were either kinder or greedier. They kept Raymond alive, at any rate, until he was himself ransomed by the Order and was able to make the journey home, where he died in 1240. His nickname means 'not born', which refers to the story that his mother died in childbirth. Raymond was delivered from her body by a doctor, and he is thought to have a special concern for 'all women labouring of child'

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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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