Saints Days / Greek Names

For Greeks, name days are much anticipated annual events. More significant than birthdays, they are celebrated on the particular saint’s day with gifts, sweets and parties. Traditionally, people celebrating their name day wait for guests to visit them at home. Even if a party isn’t held,  the person celebrating their name day offers sweets or drinks to family members, friends and work colleagues. It is customary to accept these and wish the person Hronia Polla (meaning ‘many happy years’).

As name days are so significant in Greek culture it is well worthwhile finding out your client’s name day. Mark it in your diary so you can wish them Hronia Polla. To find out how to say this see The Greek Alphabet. Your client will greatly appreciate your effort to celebrate their special day. You will find the most common Greek Christian names and the date of their name day below.

Calendar of Saints Days

Date Greek Name Male names English variant Female names English variant
1 May Ieremias Ieremias
1 May Isidora Isidora, Dora Dora
1 May Tamara Tamara Tamara
1 May Philosofos Philosophos, Sophos Philosophia, Sophia Sophia, Sofie
2 May Esperos Esperos Esperia, Espera
2 May Zisis Zisis Zisoula
2 May Zoe Zoe, Zoitsa Zoe
3 May Rodope Rodope, Rodopi
5 May Efraim Efraim, Efraimos, Efraimis Efraimia, Eframitsa Effie
6 May Iov Iov
8 May Theologos Theologos, Theologis Theo Theologia Thea
8 May Melios Melios, Melis Melia, Melio, Melitsa
9 May Isaias Isaias Isaitsa
9 May Christoforos Christoforos, Hristoforos, Foris, Christofis Chris Christofia, Hristofia, Fora, Christofora Chris, Kris
10 May Simonas Simonas, Simon, Simos Simon Simona, Simonia Simone
11 May Argyris Argyris, Argyrios, Argyros Archie
11 May Dioskourides Dioskourides, Dioskoridis
11 May Methodios Methodios
11 May Olympia Olympia
12 May Epifanios Epifanios Epifania
13 May Glykeria Glykeria, Glykeritsa
14 May Aristotelis Aristotelis, Telis Aristotle
15 May Achillios Achillios, Ahilios
17 May Iounia Iounia, Yiounia June
18 May Galatia Galatia, Galateia
18 May Ioulia Ioulia, Ioulitsa, Yioula, Tzoulia Julia, Julie
19 May Magdalene Magdalene, Magdalini, Magda, Magdalena Magda
19 May Menandros Menandros
19 May Patrikios Patrikios, Patrikos Patrick Patrikia, Patritsia, Patritsa Patricia
21 May Konstantinou (M) & Elenis (F) Konstantinos, Kostas, Kostis, Kostakis Kon, Con Konstantina, Kostoula, Tina, Eleni, Elena, Eleana, Lena, Elenio, Lenio Constance, Connie, Tina, Helen, Helena
29 May Theodosia Theodosia, Theodoso
29 May Olivianos Olivianos, Olvianos Oliver Olivia Olivia, Olyvia
Date Greek Name Male names English variant Female names English variant