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Greek Name Days

A Long Greek Tradition

Greeks continue to take the naming of children as a serious matter in life. The time honoured tradition is governed by strict naming criteria. On Crete, where the apostle, St Paul was shipwrecked on his journey to Rome 2,000 years ago, the Greek name equivalent - Pavlos - is still to this day a much used name in Cretan families. Lengthy traditions of using the same name runs in families. And to this day very often, even in urbanized centres, you will find that the eldest grandson in a family will be named after one of the grandfathers, while the eldest granddaughter will be named after one of the grandmothers. This ensures continuation of the Christian name in the family line. You can guess by knowing some of the popular names how they are linked to a feast day. New Year's Day is St Basil's Day so anyone named Basil will be linked to the start of the year. Maria is the most obvious as August 15, is the day the Orthodox Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary (rise to heaven) and then there is Christine or Christina named after Christmas.

 

 

 

Name Day Celebrations (Greek: εορτή, eortē, or γιορτή, yiortí, meaning "feast") le [2

How lucky for most Greeks, they have, in effect, two birthday celebrations a year, their actual birth date celebration and the Name Day festival. On the name day, it is open house and everyone is welcome to join in. Hence the reason there are so many village celebrations in rural Greece. Actual birthdays tend to be more a personal affair with close family members joining together for an evening dinner either at home, but more likely in a local kafeneio or restaurant.

Name Days - In Date Chronological Order 

JANUARY
January 1 - Agios Basileios, Vassilis (Basil)
January 6 - Theofania, Theofanis, Fanis, Fotini, Fotis 
January 7 - Ioannis, Yannis, Giannis (John), Synaksi Ioannos
January 8 - Dominikis
January 10 - Grigorios Nussis 
January 11 - Theodosios, Thodoris (Theodore), Theodora
January 17 - Antonios, Antonia, Antonis (Anthony)
January 18 - Athanasios & Kurillos, Thanassis
January 19 - Makarios
January 20 - Eythimios, Thimios
January 21 - Agnis (Agnes)/Massimos/Neofytos, Maximos
January 22 - Anastasios/Timothetos, Tassos
January 23 - Agathagellos
January 24 - Xenis, Xeni
January 25 - Grigoris, Grigorios (Gregory),Grigorios Theologos/Margarita 
January 26 - Xenofontos
January 29 - Ignatios
January 30 - Trion Ierarxon
January 31 - Kyros & Ioannos Aaron


FEBRUARY
February 1 - Tryfonos
February 2 - Ypapanti tos Sotiros 
February 5 - Agathis (Agatha)
February 6 - Voskolos/Fotios
February 7 - Parthenios
February 8 - Zaxarios/Theod. Stratilatos
February 9 - Nikiforos
February 10 - Haralampous, Zinonos, Haralambos, Hara, Hariklia, Haroula
February 11 - Vasios
February 12 - Meletios
February 13 - Akula & Priskillis (Priscilla)
February 14 - Ayxentios, Valentini, St. Valentine
February 15 - Eusevios, Eusebios
February 17 - Theodoros Tironos/Poulcherias
February 18 - Leontos Romis 
February 20 - Agathonos/Vissarionos
February 22 - Anthi, Anthea
February 23 - Polykarpos
February 23 - Nestoros 
February 25 - Tarasios
February 26 - Porfyros, Sevastianos (Sebastian), 


MARCH
March 1 - Marias Aigyptias, Efdokias/Tis Tyrofagos
March 2 - Efthalias
March 3 - Kleonikos
March 5 - Kononos
March 7 - Laurentios (Laurens)
March 8 - Theofylaktos
March 16 - Xristodosios
March 17 - Alexios, Alexia, Alexis (Alex)
March 18 - Kyrillos
March 19 - Xrysanthos, Chrisantos
March 21 - Iakovos (Jacob)
March 25 - Evagelismos tis Theotokos, Evagelos, Eva, Vangelis
March 27 - Ilarionos, Lydia
March 31 - Ypatios


APRIL
April 6 - Eftyxios
April 15 - Leonidas (Leo)
April 23 - Ag. Georgios, Giorgos, Giorgis, Yorgos (George)*
April 24 - Elisabet (Elisabeth, Lisa)
April 25 - Marcos (Mark)
April 28 - Panayotis, Panagiotis, Panos, Panagiota,
April 29 - **

Notes: Name Days Related to the Greek Orthodox Easter Period

*Giorgos Name Day - If April 23 falls on Orthodox Easter Sunday, or the week preceding it, then celebrations are moved to the Orthodox Easter Monday.  See the dates for the Greek Orthodox Easter 2011-2026.
**Pigi Name Day (also known as Zoe or Zoi) always falls on the first Friday after the Greek Orthodox Easter. (In 2011= April 29, 2012= April 20, 2013= May 10, 2014= April 25, 2015= April 27)

MAY
May 2 - Zoodochos Pigis
May 3 - Timotheos (Timothy, Tim)
May 5 - Eirinis, Irini (Irene)
May 6 - Serafim
May 7 - Akakios
May 9 - Christoforos (Chris)
May 10 - Simonos (Simon)
May 11 - Kyrillos & Methodos
May 13 - Sergios, Glykerias, Glykeria (Sergio)
May 15 - Paxomios
May 17 - Andronikos
May 18 - Ioulias, Ioulia (Julia, July, Julie)
May 19 - Menandrios
May 21 - Konstantinos & Elenis, Konstantinos, Kostas, Thina, Kostathina, Eleni (Dina, Helen, Tina,)
May 27 - Ioannos Rosos
May 28 - Tis Analipseos
May 29 - Theodosias
May 30 - Isaakios (Isaac)


JUNE
June 2 - Nikiforos
June 4 - Marthas & Marias, Martha
June 5 - Dorotheos (Dorothea, Dorothy)
June 7 - Sevastianis (Sebastian)
June 8 - Kalliopis
June 11 - Vartholomaios, Varnava (Barbara)
June 19 - Paisios 
June 22 - Zinonos
June 29 - Petros & Paulos, Petros, Pavlos (Peter, Paul, Pavel)
June 30 - Synaksi ton 12 Apostolon, Apostolis, Apostolos


JULY
July 1 - Kosma & Damianos (Damian)
July 3 - Yakinthos
July 7 - Kuriakis, Kiriaki
July 8 - Prokopios, Theofilos 
July 9 - Pagratios
July 11 - Eufimias, Olgas (Olga)
July 12 - Veronikis (Veronica)
July 14 - Nikodimos
July 16 - Athinogenoss
July 17 - Marinas, Marina
July 18 - Aimilianos (Emile)
July 20 - Profiti Elia, Ilias
July 22 - Lena, Marias Magdalinis, Magdalini, Magda, Magdalena
July 26 - Parakseuis
July 27 - Panteleimonos, Pantelis
July 29 - Kallinikos
July 31 - Iosif Arimatheias, Iosif, Sifi 


AUGUST
August 6 - Sotiris, Sotiria
August 7 - Asterios, Asteria
August 15 - Ascent of Maria to Heaven Day - Despina, Maria, Marios, Thespina
August 24 - Kosma tos Aitolos
August 26 - Andrianos & Natalias, Adrianos, Nathalia, Natalia (Adrian)
August 27 - Fanourios, Fanouria
August 30 - Alexandros, Alexandra, Alexander, (Alexandra, Sandra, Sander) 

SEPTEMBER
September 1 - Simeon
September 3 - Anthimos
September 4 - Moisi, Ermionis
September 5 - Zaxarios, Zacharias
September 8 - Gennisi tis Theotokos
September 9 - Ioakeim & Annis
September 11 - Evathia (Eve)
September 13 - Kornilios, Aristeidos, Kornilia
September 14 - Ypsosi tos Timios Stauros, Stavros (Steven)
September 15 - Nikita
September 16 - Eyfimias
September 17 - Sofias, Pisteos, Agapis, Elpidas, Sofia, Agapi, Elpida
September 18 - Eumenios, Ariadnis (Ariadne)
September 20 - Eustathios, Stathis
September 22 - Fokas
September 23 - Sullipsi Prodromos
September 24 - Theklas, Thekla
September 25 - Eyfrosinis
September 26 - Metastasi Ioannos Euaggelistos
September 27 - Kallistratos
September 29 - Kuriakos, Kiriakos

OCTOBER
October 1 - Ananios/Pomanos Melodos
October 2 - Kuprianos / Iosstiounis
October 3 - Dionisios Aeropagitos, Dionisos
October 4 - Ierotheos
October 5 - Xaritinis
October 6 - Thoma (Thomas, Tom)
October 7 - Poluxronios
October 8 - Pelagias, Pelagia
October 9 - Iakovos (Jakob)
October 10 - Eulampios
October 15 - Loskianos
October 18 - Loska, Loskas (Lucas, Luke)
October 19 - Kleopatras
October 20 - Artemios/Gerasimos Kefallinias, Yerasimos
October 21 - Sokratous, Sokrates, Sokratis
October 23 - Iakovos (Jacob)
October 24 - Sevastianis (Sebastian)
October 26 - Dimitrios Myrovlitos, Dimitris, Dimitrios, Dimitria (James) 
October 27 - Nestoros
October 28 - Agias Skepis
October 30 - Zinovios


NOVEMBER
November 1 - Ag. Anarron/ Kosma & Damianos, Anargiros, Argiris, Kosmas, Damianos (Damian)
November 8 - Angelos, Mixael & Gavriel, Mixalis, Michail, Michali, Stamatis, Stamos (Michael, Angelo, Gabriel)
November 9 - Nektarios
November 11 - Mina / Viktoros (Victor)
November 13 - Ioannos Xrysostomos
November 14 - Filippos, Philippos (Philip)
November 16 - Mathaios (Matthias)
November 18 - Platonos
November 21 - Eisodia tis Theotokos, Despina, Maria (when unmarried, single woman)
November 22 - Filimonos
November 25 - Katerina (Catherine), Merkourios/Aikaterinis
November 26 - Stella, Stelios, Stulianos, Stylianos
November 27 - Nathanail
November 30 - Andrea, Andreas (Andrew, Andre)


DECEMBER
December 1 - Theoklitos
December 2 - Muropis
December 4 - Barbara, Varvaras
December 5 - Savva, Savas
December 6 - Nikolaos, Nikos
December 7 - Amvrosios, Ambrosius
December 9 - Agias, Anna, Annis
December 12 - Spiros, Spuridonos 
December 13 - Eustratios/Loskias, Stratos, Stratis, Lukia
December 15 - Eleftherios, Elefterios, Lefteris
December 17 - Daniel/Dionysios, Dionysos, Zakunthos,
December 18 - Sevastianos & Zois
December 19 - Aglaias
December 20 - Ignatios
December 21 - Themistokleous, Ioulia, Julia, Julie
December 22 - Anastasias, Anastasia
December 24 - Eugenias, Evyenia
December 25 - Chrisa, Chrisanthi, Christina, Christos
December 26 - Emmanouil/Synaksi Theotokos, Manolis, Manuella, Emma
December 27 - Stefanos, Stephania (Stephan, Stefania), Steven 

Greek Name Days Info Sourced from Namedays.gr and Brits in Crete's own references

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