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 Jun Efelpistos Efelpistos Efelpisti
1 Jun Thespesios (M) Thespesios, Thespesis Thespesia
1 Jun Ierax Ierax, Ierakas, Yerakas, Gerakas
1 Jun Ioustinos Ioustinos Justin
1 Jun Pyrros Pyrros, Pyros
2 Jun Marinos Marinos
2 Jun Nikiforos Nikiforos Nick Nikiforia, Nikifora, Niki Niki
3 Jun Ierax Ieria
3 Jun Ypatia Ypatia, Ypate, Ypatoula, Patoula
4 Jun Martha Martha Matha
5 Jun Apollon Apollon, Apollo Apollo
5 Jun Dorotheos Dorotheos Theo Dorothea, Dorothei, Dora Dorothy
5 Jun Nikandros Nikandros Nick Nikandria, Niki Niki
5 Jun Ploutarhos Ploutarhos, Ploutarchos Plutarch
5 Jun Selini Selini, Selene, Selenia, Selena Selene, Selena
6 Jun Ilarion Ilarion, Ilarionas Ilaria, Ilariada, Lariada
7 Jun Zenais Zenais, Zinais
7 Jun Sevastiani Sevastiani, Sevastina, Sevastiana, Sevasti, Sevi, Sevoula, Sevastoula
8 Jun Kalliopi Kalliopi, Kalliope, Kalliopia, Popi Calliope, Kalli, Kelly
8 Jun Naukratis Naukratis, Naukratios, Nafkratis, Nafkrates
11 Jun Vartholomeos Vartholomeos, Vartholomaios, Bartholomeos Batholomew, Bart
11 Jun Varnavas Varnavas, Barnabas
12 Jun Onoufrios Onoufrios, Onoufris Onoufria
13 Jun Trifyllos Trifyllos, Trifylios
14 Jun Elissaios Elissaios, Elisseos Elisso, Eliso Lisa
14 Jun Nifon Nifon, Nefon, Nephon
15 Jun Augoustinos Augoustinos, Augoustos Augustus Augousta, Augoustia, Augoustina Augusta
15 Jun Ieronymos Ieronumos, Yeronimos Ieronymi
15 Jun Ortansi Ortisios, Ortisis Ortansia, Ortisia
17 Jun Ismael Ismael, Ismail, Ismailis, Ismailos
18 Jun Erasmos Erasmos Erasmus
18 Jun Leontios Leontios Leontia, Leotina
19 Jun Zosimos Zosimos, Zosis, Zisimos, Zisis
19 Jun Paisios Paisios, Paisis Paisia
21 Jun Afrodisios Afrodisios
22 Jun Efsevios Efsevios, Eusevios, Eusebios, Efsevis Efsevoula, Sevoula
22 Jun Zinas Zinas, Zenas, Zenos Zina, Zena, Zenia
22 Jun
23 Jun Aristokles Aristokles, Aristoleas
23 Jun Loulou Loulou, Loula
25 Jun Erotas Eros, Erotas Eros
25 Jun Fevronia Fevronia, Febronia, Fevro, Fevra
27 Jun Pieris Pieris, Pieros, Pierios Pierre Pieria, Piera
28 Jun Germanos Germanos, Yermanos
29 Jun Pavlos Pavlos, Paulos Paul Pavlina, Paulina Pauline
29 Jun Petros Petros, Petris, Petrakis Peter
29 Jun Apostolos Apostolos, Apostolis, Tolis Apostolia, Lia, Apostolina, Polina
29 Jun Meliton Meliton, Melitonas, Melitos, Melitis
Date Greek Name Male names English variant Female names English variant