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

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Date Greek Name Male names English variant Female names English variant
1 Jul Kosmas Kosmas
1 Jul Damianos Damianos Damien Damiani
1 Jul Maurikios Maurikios, Mavrikios Maurikia, Mavrikia
3 Jul Yakinthos Yakinthos Yakinthi, Yanthi, Ianthi
5 Jul Lambados Lambados Lambadia, Lambadina
7 Jul Kyraiki Kyriaki, Kiki, Kitsa, Korina Kaye
8 Jul Theofilos Theofilos Theofili, Theofilitsa
8 Jul Prokopis Prokopis, Prokopios Prokopia, Prokopitsa
11 Jul Eufimia Eufimos Eufimia, Eufimi
11 Jul Olga Olga, Olgitsa Olga
12 Jul Veroniki Veroniki, Veronica, Vera Veronica
13 Jul Eliofotos Eliofotos, Iliofotos
13 Jul Sara Sara, Sarra
14 Jul Akylas Kyas
14 Jul Nikodemos Nikodemos, Demos
15 Jul Vladimeros Vladimeros Vladimir
15 Jul Ioulitta Ioulitta, Ioulita, Ioulitti, Yioulitta, Yioulita Juliette
17 Jul Marina Marinos Marina
19 Jul Garyfallia Garyfallia, Garifalia
19 Jul Dios Dios, Dias
19 Jul Makrina Makrina
20 Jul Elias Elias, Ilias, Lias, Liakos
22 Jul Magdalene Magdalene, Magdalini, Magda, Magdalena Magda, Madeline
22 Jul Markella Markella, Markela, Markelli Marcella
24 Jul Christina Christina, Christine, Kristiana, Kristi Christine
25 Jul Anna Anna, Annoula, Ana, Anita, Anneta Anna
25 Jul Efpeaxia Efpraxios, Efpraxos Efpraxia, Efpraxoula, Praxoula
26 Jul Paraskevi Paraskevi, Evi, Paraskevoula, Voula
27 Jul Pantelis Panteleimon, Panteleimonas, Pantelis, Pantelakis
28 Jul Eirini Hrysovalantou Eirini, Irene, Rena, Rina Irene
28 Jul Hrysovalantis Hrysovalantis, Valantos Hrysovalantia, Valanta
28 Jul Timon Timon, Timos
29 Jul Kallinikos Kallinikos, Kallinikis
30 Jul Andronikos Andronikos Androniki
30 Jul Silouanos Silouanos Sioulani, Silouana, Silouania
31 Jul Evdokimos Evdokimos Evdokimi
Date Greek Name Male names English variant Female names English variant