Valerian's Name Day

This year Valerian's Name day is on 28th April 2017

Valerian is derived from the Latin, 'strong' or from the Roman family name, Valerius.; Valerian has a name day of 28th April and our description is based upon the male usage of the name.

This name is a variant of the original name Valerie

There is also an alternative celebration date of 1st April for this Name day and represents different religious interpretations or different festival days for Saints

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

  • A severed head

Historically Famous Valerians

The most common use of 'Valerie' for English speakers is as a girl's name, and must refer back to St Valeria, who was supposed to have been the wife of St Vitalis, and the mother of St Gervase and St Protase. She and her husband are honoured as martyrs, although nothing is known for certain about them.

In France, however, it is St Walaricus, or St Valery, who is honoured. Walaricus was a fifth-century monk who began his religious life at Luxeuil and then set out as a missionary to northern France. He later settled down and became an abbot at Leuconaus; he died in 620. It is said that he was specially invoked by William the Conqueror who wanted fair winds for his foray into England in 1066. Perhaps his obviously efficient intervention in this matter explains why he is still so well thought of on the other side of the English Channel, and so obscure to the English.

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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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