Stephen's Name Day

This year Stephen's Name day is on 26th December 2017

Stephen is derived from the Greek, 'crowned'.; Stephen has a name day of 26th December and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.
This Name has no alternative spellings or shorter versions

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

  • Stonemasons
  • Builders
  • Horses

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

  • A dalmatic (a tunic-like vestment)
  • Three stones
  • Stones in a napkin
  • Stones on a book

Historically Famous Stephens

St Stephen is of course, in the words of 'Good King Wenceslas'. The story of his death is written in Acts 6-7, and it tells of how Stephen, who had been chosen by the apostles to be the head of the band of seven deacons, 'did great wonders and miracles' and became a powerful preacher. The angry Jews who were affronted by the claims of the disciples accused him of blasphemy and, according to Jewish law, stoned Stephen to death. Before he died, he apparently addressed the crowd with the sermon recorded in Acts (which is, indeed, stirring stuff!); as he finished, he exclaimed in wonder at the vision he had: 'I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.' Like his Lord, Stephen gave his soul to God as he died, and prayed that his executioners would not be found guilty of their sin.

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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