Did you know that not all people celebrate the holidays “Birthday” and “angel’s Day” on the same day? We suggest you learn more about the Christian rules for choosing a name for a newborn by month, as well as the dates on which it is supposed to celebrate the name Day (angel’s Day) in 2021.
The secret of the name
Once our ancestors chose names for children in a special Church book-saints, on the pages of which all the names of saints are stored.
The choice of name was also the choice of patron. It was believed that by giving the child the name of a strong and wise Saint, parents give him reliable protection from above and a patron who will help him pass the right and happy path of life.
Today, parents do not always choose names based on Orthodox traditions. Foreign and unusual options for Slavs are in fashion. Does this mean that a baby with an unusual name will be deprived of protection? Not at all, because the “secular” name does not necessarily have to coincide with the “ecclesiastical” (given to a person at Baptism).
Important! In ordinary life, a person can use a creative or foreign name recorded in metrics, and in the course of Church rites – an Orthodox one, chosen according to the Saints and given to him during the rite of Baptism.
Choosing a name
In Holy Days, all names are written not only by month, but also by day, which allows you to clearly define the Saint for the baby, taking into account the date of his birth.
There are several options for choosing a name.
Option # 1-birthday
The most correct and obvious one, but, unfortunately, not always possible. If you take a closer look at the book of names, you’ll notice that it occasionally contains “empty dates” that don’t have any female or male names defined.
In this case, girls often choose names that are consonant with men’s:
- Alexandra (from Alexander);
- Eugene (from Eugene);
- Vasilisa (from Vasily);
- Ivanna (from Ivan);
- Filippi (from Philip);
- Fedora (from Fedor) , etc.
Option # 2-date of the intended Baptismal rite
For many, the day of the angel is the date of their first visit to the Temple of God, that is, the date of the rite of Baptism. In ancient times, this day was the most important in the life of Christians, which marked the beginning of the tradition of celebrating the day of the angel.
If several names fall out on a particular date, you should give preference to the most powerful Saint, or the one whose icons are in the Church visited by your family.
Option # 3 – 7 or 40 days from the date of birth.
For a long time, babies were baptized on the 40th day, so the patron Saint was chosen according to the date of the rite. Today, this rule is not always observed (you can baptize the baby both earlier and later), but the name can be chosen according to tradition.
Option # 4 – the name of a Saint who has a special meaning for your family
You can choose a name without reference to a specific date. For example, a woman whose pregnancy was extremely difficult, who prayed to a sacred Saint, can give the baby his name in gratitude for the help and protection.
Calendar of names for 2021
To determine when exactly to celebrate the name Day in 2021, as well as to choose a suitable Christian name for the child, you can read the detailed calendar by month and date, which is presented in the Holy calendar.
Important! Not all days where a particular name is present can be considered angel Days or name Days. It is worth reading the full version of the book in more detail, because they may belong to completely different saints.
In January, the name Day will be celebrated in 2021 by the owners of such common names as: Alexander, Dmitry, Ilya, Sergey, Yulia, Marina, Irina…
Please note that “empty dates” will be:
- January 7-Christmas;
- January 19-Epiphany.
For babies born on these days, use the alternative name selection options described above.
We also offer you a complete list of people who will celebrate the name Day in January 2021.:
The second month will have only one “blank date” — this is February 15, but there are no names provided for girls either 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 20, 21, 22 and on February 27. Those born or baptized on these days should pay attention to names consonant with male variants, or look for suitable ones on the 7th or 40th day from the date of birth.
Who else will celebrate the name day in February 2021, see the full list.
In the first month of spring, all dates have patrons with masculine names. The biggest choice will be presented to those born on February 5.
For women, there are traditionally “empty dates” – these are 1, 4, 5, 9, 10, 12, 15, 25, 27, 28, 29 and March 30.
For a complete list of popular and rare Christian names for those born in March, which will help you determine when to celebrate the name day in 2021, see the table below:
In April 2021, angel Day will be celebrated by: Nikita, Ivana, Yakov, Danila, Viktor, Vasily, Polina, Daria, Anna and Maria. Female names are not specified for 3, 6, 7, 10, 12, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 27 and on April 30.
For a complete list of male and female Orthodox names for the second month of spring, see the table below:
In may, too, there are quite a lot of “empty” dates for women. So, in addition to the 3rd day, the name of Fedor can be given to those born on 3 and 4, since it is on these dates that saints with the consonant male name Fedor are honored. By analogy, girls born on the 12th can be called Vasilisa or Ivanna, 20-Antonina, but those born on 8, 13, 21, 25 and 27 should pay attention to names that fall on the 7th and 40th day from the date of birth.
The first month of summer will be rich in both male and female names. In June, the angel’s Day will be celebrated by Leonids, Makars, nikolais, Michaels, Maxims, constants, pavls, kristins, ulyans, antonins, as well as owners and holders of more rare Christian names listed in the table.
Girls born on the “empty dates” of the 6th and 7th may be named Ivanna, 16 – Julian or Claudius, 28-Feodor, 29-Feofanii.
In the middle of summer, one “day without a patron” is formed for male names – July 24 and immediately 9 for female names– 1, 7, 11, 12, 15, 16, 22, 23 and on July 27.
In the last month of summer, many owners of popular names in America will have name Days, as well as those named with rare old Slavonic names: Prokhor, Evdokim, Photius, Tikhon, Efrosinia, Iraida, Evdokia, Ulyana.
Two dates – August 19 and 28-do not have a patron with a male name. For a woman, “empty” will be 2, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21, 23 and on August 25.
The first month of autumn will be rich in beautiful male and female names, which will give you the opportunity to choose the most suitable name for a baby or toddler.
No male patrons only for September 14. Female names are missing 2, 6, 11, 13, 20, 25, 26 and on September 27, although for most dates you can choose an option that is consonant with the name of the patron Saint of the man.
All days of the month have their own patron saints. Girls born on October 9, 12, 19, 28 or 29 can be called Ivanna, 30 – Alexandra or Antonina, but for those born or baptized on the 22nd, you will have to look for options according to an alternative scheme.
The last month of autumn will be very rich in a variety of male names. Traditionally, there are fewer options for girls – the empty ones are 1, 6, 13, 18, 25, 26, 28, 29 and November 30.
In December 2021, we will congratulate women with the names Tatiana, Augusta, Ekaterina, Anfisa, as well as men with the names Boris, Makar, Zakhar, Gennady, Spiridon on the day of the angel.…
The “nameless date” in December is the 4th day, but for women there are quite a lot of days without patronesses– 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 25, 27 and 30.
Name days are a special holiday
Do not confuse a Birthday with a name Day. If the first one marks our arrival in the material world, then the second one is a connection with the spiritual world.
On the day of the angel recommend:
- visit the Temple and light a candle to your Saint;
- confess and receive communion;
- ask your patron for help.
As a gift for the name Day, you should choose something related to Christian customs. It can be a cross, an icon, a Children’s Bible, or a collector’s edition of a Holy book.