Tam's Name Day

This year Tam's Name day is on 21st December 2018

Tam is derived from the Aramaic, 'a twin'; Tam has a name day of 21st December and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Thomas

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

  • Architects
  • Builders
  • Carpenters
  • Masons
  • Surveyors

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

  • Spear and lance
  • Carpenter's square and lance
  • Builder's rule
  • The five wounds of Christ
  • The Virgin Mary's girdle
  • A book and spear

Historically Famous Tams

Many St Thomases take their name from the apostle who is often called 'Doubting Thomas' from the story in John's Gospel (John 20:24-8). John also recalls him as the apostle of the heroic or fatalistic comment in 11:16 - 'Let us also go, that we may die with him' when Jesus was preparing to go to Bethany, where Lazarus had died. It is also John who calls him 'Didymus' or 'the twin', although we do not know who his twin was. Thomas' recognition of the risen Christ ('My Lord and my God!' John 20:28) has become a powerful meditation prayer for many Christians. That is as much as we know of Thomas, the apostle, although a much later book called The Acts of Thomas (written in the second and fourth centuries by members of sects, such as the Gnostics) describes his founding of the church in Kerala in Southern India.

Thomas a Becket (1118-1170), the statesman and archbishop of Canterbury who was murdered by Henry II, was the most important English saint in the Middle Ages, and his shrine became the most important centre for pilgrims after Rome and Santiago de Compostela. Although he was clearly similar to a politician in his obstinacy and ambition, he took his consecration as archbishop very seriously, and became known for his devotion, austerity and defence of the Church against the King. His help is invoked for blindness. Thomas More (1478-1535), who was beheaded by Henry VIII, also refused to compromise his Christian beliefs for political expediency. He is another English saint loved for his wide learning and humanity. He is the patron of civil servants and lawyers. The other very well-known St Thomas is, of course, the great theologian, St Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), whose symbol is a star, and who was, himself, the star of medieval science, theology and prayer. Naturally, he is the patron of scholars, especially theologians. It is reasonable, therefore, that he should also be the patron of all pencil maker

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!

Anniversary Etiquette : Answers the popular questions on anniversary etiquette; how to celebrate, why celebrate, gift giving and more commonly asked questions.

All Wedding Anniversaries details If you are celebrating a year that is not in the traditional list then this page gives themes and symbols for ever year up to the 50th and then every 5th up to the 100th

Whilst we make every attempt to ensure the information provided is accurate errors can occur, if you notice one please and we will correct it.