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 Aug Elesa Elesa, Elessa
1 Aug Efkleos Efkleos Efklei, Efklea
1 Aug Markelos Markelos Mark, Marcel
1 Aug Solomoni Solomoni
2 Aug Ioustinianos Ioustinianos Justinian, Justin
3 Aug Salomi Salomi, Saloma
4 Aug Exakoustodianos Exakoustodianos, Exakoustos, Xakoustos
4 Aug Maximilianos Maximilianos Maximillian, Max
5 Aug Nonna Nonna, Nona
6 Aug Sotirios Sotirios, Sotiris, Sotirakis Sam Sotiria, Sotiro Samantha, Sonya
7 Aug Asterios Asterios, Asteris, Astris Astero, Asteria, Astroula
7 Aug Nikanor Nikaroras, Nikakor
8 Aug Triantafyllos Trainafyllos, Fyllios, Fyllis, Triantafyllenios Traintafyllia, Fyllia, Fylli, Fyllio, Fyllitsa Rose
10 Aug Evlambia Evlambia, Evlambi, Lambia
10 Aug Ero/Iro Iron, Eron Ero, Iro
10 Aug Ippolytos Ippolytos Ippolyti, Ippolyta
10 Aug Lavrentios Laventios, Laurentios, Lavrentis Laurence
11 Aug Efplous Efplous, Efplos
15 Aug Maria Maria, Maro, Mariora, Marigoula, Maritsa, Marousa Maria
15 Aug Panagiotis Panagiotis, Panos, Panayiotis, Panayis Pangiota, Yiota, Panayioula, Yioula
15 Aug Despina Despina, Despinoula, Despo Debbie, Des
15 Aug Krystallo Krystallo, Krystallia, Krystalla, Krystella, Kristella Christi
15 Aug Symela Symela, Soumela, Simela
16 Aug Alkibiades Alkibiades, Alkibiadis, Alkis Alcibiades
16 Aug Apostolos Apostolos, Apostolis, Tolis Apostolia, Lia, Apostolina, Polina
16 Aug Diomedes Diomedes, Diomidis
16 Aug Sarantis Sarantis, Sarantos
16 Aug Stamatios Stamatios, Stamatis, Stamos, Stamoulis Stan Stamatia, Stamatina, Stamata, Stamoula, Matoula Samantha
17 Aug Myron Myron Myra, Mirka
17 Aug Straton Straton, Stratos, Stratis Stratia, Stratoula, Stratina
18 Aug Arsenios Arsenios, Arsenis
18 Aug Lavros Lavros, Lauros, Lavris Lavra, Laura Laura
18 Aug Floros Floros, Floris Flora, Flori Flora
20 Aug Theoharis Theoharis Theoharoula, Haroula
20 Aug Samouil Samouil, Samouel, Samouilos, Samouilis Samuel Samouela, Samouilia
22 Aug Agathonikos Agathonikos
22 Aug Theoprepios Theoprepios, Theoprepis Theoprepia, Theoprepi
25 Aug Titos Titos, Titis Tita, Titi
26 Aug Adriane Adrinos Adrian Adriane, Adriana, Adrainna Adrianna
26 Aug Natalia Natalia, Natalina, Natali
27 Aug Arkadios Arkadios, Arkadis Arkadia, Arkada
27 Aug Lymberis Lymberios, Lymberis, Lyberis
27 Aug Fanourios Fanourios, Fanouris
28 Aug Damon Damon, Damonas Damon
30 Aug Alexandros Alexandros, Alekos, Alexis Alexander
30 Aug Evlalios Evlalios Evlalia
Date Greek Name Male names English variant Female names English variant