Sheila's Name Day

This year Sheila's Name day is on 22nd November 2018

Sheila is derived from the Latin, 'blind'; Sheila has a name day of 22nd November and our description is based upon the female usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Cecilia

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

  • Musicians

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

  • An organ
  • A lute
  • A harp
  • Two wreaths of roses and lilies

Historically Famous Sheilas

Sadly, the legend of St Cecilia is now considered to be just another Christian romance. Perhaps, though, we should be thankful that this lady did not suffer the torments of being suffocated by the steam in her own bath, and then - when that proved useless - being left for three days to die of three sword strokes to her neck. The story is that Cecilia was a noble Roman Christian who vowed herself to virginity despite being married off to a man named Valerian. On their wedding night, she managed to convert him and he was subsequently martyred together with his brother and a friend before the authorities made their assault on Cecilia. Of course, it is Cecilia's connection with music that we are most familiar with. According to the story, it was through (or despite) the wedding music that Cecilia prayed to God for help, and she has become the muse of church musicians ever since. Whether or not there ever was a Cecilia is impossible to say. It may be that she was the wealthy Roman Cecilia who founded a church in Rome and was given an honourable burial there. At all events, the inspiration and the music are real enough

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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