Hi Alex and Susan,
I'm taking it for granted that you both know that the "Name's Day" was
Saints Day of the Church Year Calendar. June 29th is St. Peter-St. Paul
Day, December 27th is St. Johns Day and children were often named after the
Saint on whose commoration they were born or baptised. And yes,
particularly among the Hessians, children were named after their Godparents.
If you wanted a certain name for your child you had to find a Godparent with
the name. That is why my mom was a Godmother so often, having the name
Karoline which was not as common as some of the others. In Canada in my
early years our family always celebrated our Name's Day...
Blessings on Holy Innocents' Day,
----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Williams" <swilliams1200(a)comcast.net>
Sent: Monday, December 27, 2004 7:55 AM
Subject: Re: [DVHH-L] Name's Day.
Hello Alex -- I don't have a real name's day celebration to
talk about but
you mentioning June 29th as being Sts. Peter and Paul reminded me -- my
father's older brother had a birthday of June 29th. Maybe that was why
name Paul was chosen. I could not get hold of his baptismal
to see who his godparents were. That was another custom in the family --
name the child for the godparents. But I am also finding that in
dad's family, it was the baptismal day that was celebrated rather than the
actual birthday. Take care. Susan
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