Saints: Female names by month in Orthodox priests


Names by Saints for girls

Saints: Female names by month in Orthodox priests

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Sam custom to give names on the Saints for girls and boys went back from the depth of time, namely when the Russian people adopted the Orthodox religion. In ancient times, believers were convinced that the name given to a child at birth would subsequently influence his entire future destiny and have a direct connection with the Holy Protector, after whom the child was named.

How important is the choice of a name for a girl's Priesthood

In ancient times, the role of women was of great importance in Russia, because in due course girls, as adults, should have been good mothers first of all, so the question of how to name a child was taken seriously. Parents themselves tried to give their children the strongest name of the Holy One, so that He would protect the child from sorrows and failures, as well as become his Guardian.

It should be noted that the use of the child's name for the Saints is possible not only for Orthodox Christians, but also for people who do not believe in the Higher Powers, as such a list contains a fairly large number of diverse names.

How to name a girl by priests

Young parents usually have a lot of questions after the birth of a baby, especially how to name her by priests, because their decision will determine the future fate of the child.

According to all customs, the name must be matched with the date of birth of the infant and the Holy Protector revered on the same day.

However, there are known cases when the names of girls according to the Pagans are chosen among those names that are between the 8th and 40th day from the day of the birth of the child.

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Monthly Orthodox Name Choice

First of all you need to know what its meaning will be for girls according to the Priests, because in most cases it was men and women who were church ministers, to a lesser extent. However, with all this, it is impossible not to give the baby a name, which is why in the list below are selected only female names that fit the date of birth of the baby.

Thus, let's look at the most popular of them:

  • Talks that will suit the January girls: Anastasia is simple and euphonious, the meaning of which is concisely combined with ease and reliability. Julia is an obnoxious, sociable person who does not stop there and always strives to conquer the big peaks.
  • The girls who were born in cold February are distinguished by their determination and luck, namely Inna, Sofia, Marina or Vasilisa.
  • Martovsk babies named Natalia, Elena, Nina, Marina or Nadezhda have good imagination, warm character and incredible strength of spirit.
  • Darya, Irina, Vasilisa and Eva, who were born in April, have a good sense of purpose and amazing energy.
  • The girls born in May are best given the following names: Alla, Maria, Tamara and Zoya, which will help to smooth out impatience and stubbornness, but at the same time they also have an optimistic mood, maintaining their inner harmony, and also have a good mind.
  • In June, names such as Akulina, Anna and Valeria should be selected. These girls are usually very awe-inspiring, determined, brave, and able to find a way out of difficult life situations.
  • The name Elena, Angelina, and Margarita are characteristic of the July babies. They're sensual, kind and impressionable. Born in August, Uliana, Svetlana, and Christina aspire to leadership, freedom, perspicacity, and a good mindset, and these girls tend to succeed in life on their own.
  • The names of Veronica, Irina and Taisia who were born in September are characterized by purposefulness, diligence and non-conflict character;

  • The children born in October are best suited to such names as Marianne, Zlata, Taisia and Irina. These girls have a calm temperament and a bright mind, and are endowed with fortitude and wisdom.

  • In November, it is better to choose the following names: Neonila, Anastasia, Nelly, Alain, Nelly and Natalia, so that the girl gains determination, determination and success in life.
  • The December babies are better called Catherine, Marina or Anfisa. They are distinguished by their honesty, calmness and straightforwardness.

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Orthodox names of girls

Saints: Female names by months in Orthodox saints

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The old Orthodox tradition was that the names of the girls were chosen according to the church calendar in honor of the saint whose birthday party was the birthday of the baby. It happened on the eighth day – on the day of the naming of the name.
In our time, the Orthodox priests correspond to numerous variants of Orthodox maiden names.

The easiest way to choose a suitable Orthodox name for the daughter can be in accordance with the calendar of Orthodox names (Orthodox sacred things). It is desirable to check whether the combination of this name with the patronymic and surname of the child is euphonious.

Sainted Theophanous believed that the Orthodox name should be called a newborn girl on the day of her birth or baptism, or on any day between them. The deadline for naming can be the third day after the day of baptism. The tradition of giving a girl the name of the saint most revered in the family has also become stronger nowadays.

Because the saints' memory days are in the Julian style, in order to get a modern date from the date indicated in the saints, it is necessary to add 13 days to it.

On name selection

The Orthodox name selection question is particularly important. The name of the righteous man who was given to a child was believed to partly sanctify his life, to lead him in the right direction, to set an example to follow.

To name children in honor of the saints who became patrons and patrons of the saints, in Russia became already in the first centuries after the advent of Christianity. The baptist of Russia – Equal-to-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir has received after a christening an orthodox name Basil.

In affluent orthodox families in Russia names to children were chosen by parents. But in a peasant environment, the names of the girls were mostly given by a parish priest, and parents, if they could pay, tried to correct his decision.

Today, the choice of the name remains entirely in the hands of the father and mother, and the clergyman can only tell you how to use the priests correctly.


Monthly or priests are called the Church Calendar, which lists the Church holidays and remembrance days of the saints. Throughout the centuries, the saints have been constantly replenished, which has resulted in the fact that nowadays the church celebrates the memory of several saints every day. Therefore, there are no problems with the choice of an Orthodox name for the child.

In this case, it is allowed to choose even the name of the saint, whose memory is marked eight days after the appearance of the child, because in ancient times it was this day and gave the name of the newborn.

If parents do not like any of the possible names, you can look at the fortieth day from birth – the time when the baby is brought to the church to perform the sacrament of Holy Baptism. A cleansing prayer is said over the mother, after which she returns to the bosom of the church and can participate in the communion and confession.

There are also exceptions when a child is given the name of a particularly revered saint, for example, if the child was born through his or her prayer help. Such cases are discussed separately with the priest.
Not all names are present in the priests.

If the child is born to parents who actively participate in the life of the Orthodox Church, there is usually no naming problem. But often, due to ignorance, parents can choose a name for their child, even if it is Orthodox, but in its local or European form, which is not available in the priests.

In these situations, the priest uses his or her Church Slavic version at the time of baptism and notifies the parents in advance that the names on the church calendar will sound a little different. So, Angela turns into Angelina, Oksana into Xenia, Jeanne into John, Pauline into Appolinaria, Svetlana into Photinia, Martha into Martha, etc.

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The choice of the baby's heavenly baptizer

The modern baptismal certificate marks the heavenly protector and the day on which the baptized person has a birthday party (the day of the angel). If the girl was called Xenia, her name is not on every day when the calendar marks the day of memory of St. Xenia, because there are many saints with this name. The names are considered to be the memory day of a particular saint.

You can choose a saint from among saints with the same name in different ways. The choice of veneration does not mean that a person considers one saint more important than another. But sometimes the family feels a stronger spiritual connection with a particular saint, chooses him as a heavenly intercessor. The second option is to choose a saint whose day of worship is the closest to the child's birthday.

The Orthodox Church does not support the tradition of giving children double names (for example, Anna-Maria).

Blessed Virgin Mary, many parents name their daughters after her, but also the memory of the saints with this name is celebrated on January 26, July 22 and other days.

Angel's name and day

Angel's day is called the day of memory of the saint that man wears. At a christening the person receives the guardian angel – the true companion and the assistant in spiritual life.

But also the saint who has given the name to the person, in figurative sense also is named the angel, that is the messenger of will of God. That's why it's more accurate to talk about a birthday party or a particular saint's day.

Anyone in relation to their heavenly protector should know:

  • his biography;
  • prayer to him;
  • try to follow his holiness.

The believer strives to have an icon with the face of a saint, his life and special prayers for him – a canon and an akathist.

The naming of a Christian name

According to the church charter, the naming of a Christian name takes place before baptism, being one of the preparatory steps for it. In the olden days, the name was called long before the baptism of the baby, but now it is given on the day of the baptism of the baptism before the declaration. The needleman, on the other hand, points out that the babies should receive names on the eighth day of birth, as it was in Christ.


3 January: Julia January 4: Anastasia January 6: Claudius January 8: Anfisa, Makarya, Augusta, Maria, Agrippina January 10: Gliceria, Agafia, Domna 11 January: Natalia, Eudokia, Anna, Matryona, Varvara, Euphrosyne, Agrippina 12 January: Maria, Fedora 13 January: Melanya 14 January: Emilia 15 January: Julia 16 January: Malanya 18 January: Eugenia, Polina 21 January: Julia, Antonia, Anastasia, Vasilisa 25 January: Tatiana, Eupraxia 27 January: Nina 28 January: Sofia, Eupraxine 29 January: Leonila 31 January: Maria

February 1: Euphrasiah 2 February: Inna, Pinna, Rimma, Vassa, Eusebias, Eutychia, Vasilisa 3 February: Agnia, Anastasia 4 February: Anastasia 5 February: Eudocia, Catherine, Milica 6 February: Xenia 7 February: Felicata 8 February: Maria 12 February: Pelageya 13 February: Afanasia, Theodosia, Feoktista, Eudoxia 16 February: Anna 17 February: Rafaila, Anna, Catherine 18 February: Agafia, Feodulia 19 February: Dorofeia, Christine, Martha, Maria 23 February: Anna, Ennafa, Valentina, Pavel 24 February: Fedora 25 February: Maria 26 February: Anna, Vera, Irina, Zoya, Svetlana

28 February: Sofia, Euphrosyne

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1 March: Valentina Valentina 2 March: Marianna, Nina 7 March: Eugenia, Paraskeva, Elizabeth, Irina, Varvara 11 March: Anna 13 March: Marina, Kiera 14 March: Eudocia, Olga, Anna, Daria, Alexandra, Nadezhda, Antonina, Domna 15 March: Euphalia 17 March: Yulia, Ulyana 18 March: Iraida, Yevlogy, Yevlampiya 19 March: Olena 20 March: Matryona, Maria, Yevdokia, Kateryna, Antonina, Nadezhda 22 March: Natalia, Oleksandra 23 March: Vasilisa, Nika, Galina, Fedora, Anastasia 26 March: Kristina 30 March: Marina

Other months:


April 1: Daria, Sofia, Matryona, Vassa April 2: Svetlana, Anatolia, Paraskeva, Domna, Alexandra, Klavdia, Matryona, Julia, Euphemia, Feodosia April 5: Anastasia, Lydia, Maria April 9: Maria, Matryona 14 April: Maria 16 April: Feodosia 25 April: Afanasia 26 April: Martha 28 April: Vasilisa, Anastasia

29 April: Agapia, Irina, Nika, Galina, Vasilisa, Fedora


2 May: Matryona 6 May: Alexandra 7 May: Maria, Ivanna, Marfa, Susanna, Elizabeth, Tamara 9 May: Glafira 10 May: Anastasia 11 May: Anna 14 May: Nina, Tamara 15 May: Zoya 16 May: Moor 17 May: Pelageya 18 May: Irina 23 May: Isidora, Taisia 26 May: Gliceria, Irina 29 May: Muse 30 May: Euphrosyne, Yevdokia

31 May: Alexandra, Claudius, Faina, Matryona, Julia, Christine


2 June: Nina June 3: Elena June 5: Euphrosyne June 8: Elena June 9: Theodora June 10: Elena June 11: Feodosia June 14: Vera June 15: Julia, Ulyana June 19: Archelaya, Fokla, Susanna 20 June: Valeria, Maria 22 June: Fokla, Martha, Maria 23 June: Antonina 25 June: Anna 26 June: Aquilina, Trifilia, Alexandra, Pelageya, Antonina, Anne 30 June: Pelageya


3 July: Anna, Rimma, Mina July 5: Zina, Julia July 6: Agrippina July 8: Fevronia July 10: John 14: Angelina July 17: Martha, Alexandra, Olga, Tatiana, Maria, Anastasia, Feodosia July 18: Elizabeth, Varvara, Anna 19 July: Julia, Marina, Marfa, Lukiya 20 July: Eudokia, Euphrosyne 24 July: Olga, Elena 25 July: Maria 29 July: Matryona, Alevtina, Valentina, Julia on 30 July: Marina, Margarita


4 August: Maria August 6: Christine August 7: Anna, Olympics August 9: Anfisa August 10: Anastasia, Elena, Moor August 13: Anna, Elizabeth August 14: Solomia 17 August: Eudokia 18 August: Eudokia, Maria, Daria, Nona 22 August: Maria 24 August: Susannah 27 August: Eva, Eudokia 28 August: Maria, Sofia 29 August: Anna

29 August


1 September: Fekla 3 September: Vassa, Martha 4 September: Yevlalia 6 September: Kiera 8 September: Natalia, Maria 9 September: Anfisa 10 September: Anna 12 September: Elizabeth 14 September: Martha, Tatiana, Natalia 15 September: Serafima, Xenia 16 September: Domna, Vasilisa 18 September: Elizabeth, Raisa 21 September: Sofia 22 September: Anna 23 September: Tatiana 24 September: Theodora 28 September: Eudocia, Maria, Lyudmila 29 September: Euphemia, Lyudmila

30 September: Faith, Hope, Love, Irina, Sofia

October 1: Ariadne, Sofia, Irina 2 October: Maria 5 October: Paraskeya 6 October: Polyxenia, Iraida 7 October: Fekla 8 October: Euphrosyne 11 October: Maria, Anna 13 October: Alexandra 15 October: Ustina, Anna 17 October: Domnina, Veronica, Proskudia 18 October: Charitina 20 October: Pelageya 21 October: Pelageya, Tatyana, Maria, Nadezhda, Taisia 22 October: Afanasia 23 October: Yevlampiya 24 October: Zinaida 26 October: Zlata 27 October: Paraskevya 31 October: Elizabeth, Zlata

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1 November: Cleopatra 3 November: Pelageya 4 November: Anna, Elizabeth, Gliceria 7 November: Matryona, Anastasia 9 November: Capitolina 10 November: Praskovia, Neonilla 11 November: Anastasia, Maria, Agafia, Anna 12 November: Anastasia, Elena 13 November: Moor 14 November: Feodotia, Elizabeth 16 November: Eudocia 19 November: Nina, Serafima, Alexandra, Claudius, Matrona 20 November: Elizabeth 22 November: Matrona, Feoktista 23 November: Anna, Olga, Feoktista 24 November: Mina, Stepanida 26 November: Manefa 27 November: Anna, Feodora

December 3: Tatiana, Fekla, Anna 5 December: Apfiya, Praskovia 7 December: Catherine, Anisia, August 15 December: Margarita, Febronia, Tamara, Maria, Matryona 17 December: Varvara, Julia, Catherine, Kira 21 December: Anfisa 22 December: Anna, Euphrosyne 23 December: Mina, Alexandra, Tatiana, Eudocia, Fekla, Anna 28 December: Anfia 29 December: Marina

31 December: Zoya, Vera


Names by priests for girls. What do you call it on the church calendar by month? Church maiden names

Saints: Female names by month in Orthodox saints

The majority of parents try to choose the names according to the Priesthood for girls and boys. Few people remember that name of the newborn is given on the eighth day of birth, so it was accepted by the Orthodox Christians.

The importance of choosing an Orthodox name for a child

The sacrament of baptism gives the child a completely different name than in the world, thus protecting them from the dark forces that can fill the soul. This name is communicated to the godparents.

The name must be taken very seriously, because the guardian angel is chosen to protect the person throughout his life. The saint, from the moment of baptism of the child, performs the function of patron and can address with requests to the Most High.

History has long been accepted the name of the newborn child to choose parents together with the priest on Priests – the list of sacred canonized, with dates of their memory. Months (church calendar) was made according to the Orthodox canons.

The birthday of the child is of great importance, because at this point the Almighty sent him to the earth, endowed with certain qualities. Now the child has a patron saint who protects his life from sinful deeds and helps in all life situations. All these actions will take place through the name given at baptism. Secular names don't matter to the church.

The key points for choosing:

  • The names of the Saints for girls and boys are chosen by the parents on the 8th day after birth;
  • Maybe you choose a name from the Monthly list on the 40th day of the child's birth. The Church allows us to do this, because before the sacrament of baptism was performed on the fortieth day after birth.

Nelzya to call the name of the Holy One, if the date of his memory falls before the day of the child.

  • Orthodox canons allow you to give a name to a child in honor of the Holy One, especially revered in the family;
  • To choose a name for a girl you can use a female version of a male name;
  • The name is given at birth for life (it can be changed at monastic vows or at a change of faith);
  • Many people are given two names: one secular, one ecclesiastical. Sometimes it's not planned unless there's such a worldly name in the Pagans.

What are the Pagans

The list of names of the Saints with their memory dates is called Monthly or Pagans.

Giving a name to a born child, according to this church book, has been accepted since ancient times.

At the same time, it was believed that to name a great martyr is to condemn a person to hardship and suffering.

If there are several saints on the date of birth, they choose the name of the one they like best.

The name of the Priests' choice existed before 1917. Gradually this ritual has been forgotten.

But in recent years, more and more often than not, newborns are trying to be called, adhering to the Monthly ritual. Every day, at the liturgy, the priest announces the names of the saints whose memory is marked.

Fatherland and its meaning

In the territory of the former USSR it was customary to name a person by name and patronymic. A little deeper into history, we learn that initially in the 18th century, the legislation was introduced a restriction on the use of patronymic for lower classes.

Later in the peasant environment and the servants of the patronymic had the function of age when called only by patronymic (Mitrofanovna, Stepanovna, etc.). It is only in the 19th century that the main function of the patronymic is the personification of the human being.

With research from scientists, it has been established that the patronymic carries the gene code through generations and influences the personality. Studies have shown that holders of harder articulations have more difficulties in their lives than their namesakes with softer patronymic.

Hard to choose a name? Saints for help!

Saints: Female names by months in Orthodox Saints

But in the old days everything was decided by the Orthodox Church book, which was called “Saints”. Parents came to church, and Father offered a choice of names of Christian saints, whose memory was honored on the baby's birthday.

And if now parents want to make a choice this way – how to choose the name of the child by the saints?

How to choose a name by priests correctly?

Birthday, Angel's day, Name day… Many people confuse these concepts and congratulate on their birthday with namesakes.

Actually, a birthday is the day on which a person was born, and namesake is the day of memory of the saint, after whom he was named. The second name of the name is Angel's day or the day of the namesake.

Previously, these days almost all coincided, but now – almost none. Despite this, some people started celebrating Angel's Day on the same level as their birthdays.

The Holy Saints contain about 1700 different names. Most of them are for men, and they are mostly out of use. It's no wonder, because many names seem funny to modern people, like Popius, Mnassen, Kurduva, or Yazdundokta.

If you decide to name a newborn by the priests, remember the following:

  1. It's best to find a name for the baby of the saint who is honored on his birthday. For example, your child was born on February 1. You are really lucky, because according to the priests, the newborn can be called by the following names: Arseniy, Gregory, Henry, Louise, Euphrasiah, Mark, Makar, Meletius, Savva, Theodosia, Fedor or Yanuary.
  2. If you have a boy, and on this day there are no names for a male, the modern church usually advises to look a few days ahead. Similarly, it is possible to do so if you don't like the proposed name(s) at all.
  3. A name at baptism is given once in a lifetime and doesn't change anymore (the exception is that the name at baptism changes when you become a nun and when you change your faith).
  4. Lately, some parents have given their children double names: one secular and the other church name. Someone does so on purpose, and someone accidentally – just at birth, the baby is not given an Orthodox name, and in the church parents learn that the name, for example, Stella or Camille child should not be baptized. In this case, Daddy offers parents to choose an Orthodox name for the baby – close or consonant with the “passport”.
  5. If the saint, in whose honor you named the baby, is revered for the year several times, the day of the Angel is the nearest name after the birthday.

From antiquity to our times

The Orthodox book “The Saints” is nothing but a complete list of all the names of the saints who are honored by the Orthodox Church. The second title of this book is “Months”, as it is painted all year round by months.

Giving a name to a child by priests is an ancient tradition of many nations. The Slavs are no exception. People believed that when a child receives the name of a saint who is honored on his birthday or baptism, he will have a happy and long life. At the same time, it was not desirable to name the child after the great martyr – then he had a hard life, full of hardships and suffering.

If on the birthday of the child was commemorated several saints, the parents could choose a name from several suggested by Father. If there was one name, my parents had no choice, alas. Later on, if the new man wasn't commemorated on his birthday, or if the name didn't like it very much, the parents began to “enlarge” the list of names: it was possible to consider the names of the saints whose memory is celebrated on the eighth or fortieth day after the birth of the child.

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