Tony's Name Day

This year Tony's Name day was on 17th January 2017

Tony is derived possibly 'beyond price' (Latin - one of the patrician Roman families); Tony has a name day of 17th January and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Anthony

There is also an alternative celebration date of 13th June for this Name day and represents different religious interpretations or different festival days for Saints

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

  • Basket and brush makers
  • Butchers
  • Grave diggers
  • Pigs
  • Eczema sufferers
  • The poor
  • Unmarried women
  • Portugal
  • Invoked for good harvests
  • Those looking for lost property

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

  • A pig
  • A goat
  • Two lions
  • A Tau cross (T)
  • A bell
  • The Christ-child on a book
  • Lilies
  • Fishes
  • A chest with a heart

Historically Famous Tonys

There are two famous St Anthonys in the Church. The first, Anthony the Great, is often known as the 'father of monasticism', for it was he who gathered together many of the fourth-century hermits who had fled from worldly distractions into the desert. These first Desert Fathers were famous for their lives of pathological self-denial and prayer; St Athanasius' biography of Anthony, however, shows him to have been a wise and moderate man, even though he suffered terrifying temptations through visions. He is supposed to have died around 365 at the age of 105. The smallest pig in a litter and the smallest bell in a carillon are often called the 'tanto ny', thus they have become his symbols: the little pig for the mortal flesh he conquered, and the bell as the traditional symbol of hermits.

The second very well-loved St Anthony was Portuguese (1195-1231), a Franciscan monk born in Lisbon, although he is known as St Anthony of Padua where he is buried. His reputation for finding lost things is based on a story that a novice once 'borrowed' his prayer book; Anthony prayed for its recovery and the novice returned it after finding himself tormented by a terrible vision. Anthony's life's work was not finding lost objects, but rather being 'the hammer of the heretics' - having been commissioned in a vision by Francis himself to go and preach, mainly in Italy and France. A tale is told that Anthony shamed the people of Rimini, who would not listen to him, by preaching to the fish in the river, causing them to stand on their tails and listen devoutly. Although he is often pictured as a gentle man, with a Christ-child and lily, Anthony should not be thought of as anyone but a man of great intelligence and energy, full of the Franciscan passion for helping the poor.

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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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