Ritchie's Name Day

This year Ritchie's Name day was on 3rd April 2017

Ritchie is derived from Old English, 'a strong ruler'; Ritchie has a name day of 3rd April and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Richard

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

  • Coach drivers

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

  • A plough
  • A book and staff
  • A chalice at his feet

Historically Famous Ritchies

To drop the chalice during Communion must be every priest's nightmare, but St Richard of Chichester once did and apparently he miraculously did not spill a drop. Richard was born in 1197 and studied at Oxford, Paris and Bologna. He became the Chancellor of Oxford University, and later served as chancellor to St Edmund of Abingdon, who was then the Archbishop of Canterbury. Trouble began when St Boniface of Mainz and King Henry III quarrelled over the right of appointment to the See of Chichester. Boniface appointed Richard, known to be a strong-minded and ascetic pastor as well as a scholar, whereas Henry had his own favourite, one of his own court who was, nevertheless, 'deficient in learning'. Richard had to wait for two years before the Pope upheld his claim, but once he took possession of his See, he proved to be a very effective and much-loved bishop.

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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