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
2 Nov Akindynos Akindynos Akindyni
2 Nov Anembodistos Anembodistos Anembodisti
2 Nov Afthonios Afthonios Afthonia
2 Nov Elpidiforos Elpidiforos Elpidofora
2 Nov Pigasios Pigasios, Pigasos, Pegasos Peggy Pigasia, Pegasios
4 Nov Ermaios Ermaios, Ermeos, Ermeas
4 Nov Ioannikios Ioannikios, Ioanikios
5 Nov Galaktion Galaktion, Galaktionas, Galatios, Galatis Galaktia, Galatia
5 Nov Epistimi Epistimi, Episteme
5 Nov Linos Linos Lina
5 Nov Silvanos Silvanos Sylvio, Silvio Silvana, Silvia Sylvia, Silvia
7 Nov Athinodoros Athinodoros, Athenodoros, Athinodoras, Athinodoris, Doris Athinadora
7 Nov Theagenios Theagenios, Theagenis Theagenia
7 Nov Themelios Themelios Themeli, Themelina
8 Nov Angelos Angelos, Angelis Angelo Angeliki, Angela, Angello, Angelina Angela
8 Nov Gavriel Gavriel, Gavrilos, Gavrilis Gavriela, Gavrila, Gavrilitsa, Aravela Gabriella
8 Nov Mihail Mihail, Mihalis, Mihalakis Michael Mihaela, Mihaella, Mihalitsa Michaella
8 Nov Rafail Rafail, Raphael, Raphail, Raphaelos Raphael
8 Nov Matina Matina
8 Nov Metaxia Metaxia, Metaxoula, Taxoula
8 Nov Startigos Stratigos, Stratis Stratigoula, Stratiyoula
8 Nov Taxiarhis Taxiarhis, Taxiarhes
9 Nov Nektarios Nektarios, Nektaris Nektaria, Nektarina
9 Nov Mavra Mavros Mavra, Mavroula, Mavritsa
9 Nov Elladios Elladios, Elladis
10 Nov Milon Milos, Milis
10 Nov Orestis Orestis, Orestes Orestia, Orestiada
10 Nov Rodion Rodion, Rodios, Rodis Rodia, Rodoula, Rodita, Roza, Rozalia Rose, Rosaline
10 Nov Sosipatros Sosipatros, Sopatros Sopatra, Sopatria, Patra, Patroula
11 Nov Vikentios Vikentios, Vikentis Vincent, Vince Vikentia
11 Nov Viktoras Viktoras, Viktor Victor Viktoria Victoria
11 Nov Drakon Drakon, Drakonas, Drakos, Drakoulis Drakoula
11 Nov Minas Minas Mina, Mena
13 Nov Damaskinos Damaskinos Damaskini
13 Nov Chrysostomos Chrysostomos, Hrisostomos Chrysostomia, Hrisostomia
14 Nov Philippos Philippos, Philippas, Phillipis, Phillipakis Phillip Philippa, Philio, Filio Phillippa
16 Nov Ifigenia Ifigenia, Iphigenia
16 Nov Matheos Matheos Mathew Mathoula
18 Nov Platon Platon, Platonas Plato Platonia
20 Nov Denahis Denahis Dennis Denahida Denise
22 Nov Filimon Filimon, Filimonas, Philimon Filemona, Filimona
23 Nov Amfilohios Amfilohios Amfilohia
23 Nov Elenos Elenos, Lenos
25 Nov Ekaterini Ekaterini, Ekaterina, Katerina, Keti, Katina, Katerinio, Katinio, Rina, Rena, Katia Katherine, Catherine, Irene, Kathy, Kath
25 Nov Merkourios Merkourios, Merkouris
26 Nov Stylianos Stylianos, Stelios, Telis Steve Styliani, Stella, Stelitsa, Stella
26 Nov Nikon Nikon
26 Nov Stergios Stergios, Stergis Stergia, Stergiani, Stergioula
28 Nov Irinarhos Irinarhos, Irenarchos
29 Nov Phaidra Phaidros, Fedros, Phaidrinos Phaidra, Faidra, Fedra
29 Nov Filoumenos Filomenos, Filomenos Filoumeni, Filomeni, Filomina, Filomili, Filomila
30 Nov Andreas Andreas, Andreas, Andrikos Androula, Andritsa
Date Greek Name Male names English variant Female names English variant