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 Mar Paraskevas Paraskevas, Paris, Parashos Perry
1 Mar Harisios Harisios, Harisos Harry Harisa Charissa, Harissa
2 Mar Efthalia Efthalia, Efthalitsa, Thalia, Thalitsa Thalia
2 Mar Troadios Troadios, Trodis, Troados Troy
3 Mar Kleonikos Kleonikos Kleoniki, Niki
5 Mar Arhelaos Arhelaos Archie
5 Mar Eulogios Eulogios, Eulogis Eulogia, Eulogoula, Eulogitsa
5 Mar Konon Konon Conan
6 Mar Isihios Isihios, Isihis Isihia
8 Mar Ermis Ermis
8 Mar Theofylaktos Theofylaktos, Fylatkos Theofylakti, Fylakti
9 Mar Aetios Aetios, Aetos, Aetis Aetina
9 Mar Vivianos Vivianos Vivian Viviani, Viviana, Vivi Vivianne
9 Mar Eliana Elianos Eliani, Eliana, Iliani, Iliana
9 Mar Lysimahos Lysimahos Lysimahi
9 Mar Xanthos Xanthos, Xanthios Xanthi, Xanthoula Anthea
9 Mar Sarantos Sarantos, Sarantis
9 Mar Sevirianos Sevirianos
9 Mar Smarafdos Smaragdos, Smaragdis, Smaris Smaragda, Smaro, Smaragdenia, Smaragdoula
9 Mar Filoktimon Filoktimon, Filoktimonas
11 Mar Thallos Thallos, Thallis
11 Mar Sofronios Sofronios, Sofronis Sofronia, Sofronitsa
14 Mar Venediktos Venediktos Benedict
15 Mar Agapios Agapios
17 Mar Alexios Alexios, Alexis, Alekos Alex Alexia, Alexa Alex
18 Mar Edouardos Edouardos Edward, Eddie
19 Mar Daria Daria, Dara, Daro
19 Mar Hrisanthos Hrisanthos, Chrisanthos Chris Hrisanthi, Chrisanthi Chriss, Kris
20 Mar Rodianos Rodianos, Rodinos, Rodi Rodiani, Rodiana, Rodia, Rodi
22 Mar Drosos Drosos Drosida, Drosoula, Drosia
25 Mar Evangelos Evangelos, Vangelis, Angelis Angelo, Evan Evangelia, Vangelio, Vangelitsa, Eva Angela, Eva, Angie, Kelly
27 Mar Lydia Lydia, Lyda, Lida Lydia
27 Mar Makedon Makedonas, Makedonios Makedonia, Makedonoula
27 Mar Filitos Filitos Filita, Filiti
31 Mar Ypatios Ypatios, Ypatos, Ypatis
Date Greek Name Male names English variant Female names English variant