Name day or Name's day?

AthonLince

Senior Member
Italian
Hi everybody,

I'm going to wish my friend a happy birthday and also for her name day. Both are today.

I found both "Name day" and "Name's day".

What is correct?

Thank you in advance.
 
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    I have only seen name day. But it's not something English-speakers say, except in reference to continental European countries.
     

    lingobingo

    Senior Member
    English - England
    A saint’s day is the day every year on which a particular saint is celebrated — in fact, today is St Valentine’s Day, so today would be the name day of anyone called Valentine.
     

    AnythingGoes

    Senior Member
    English - USA (Midwest/Appalachia)
    A saint’s day is the day every year on which a particular saint is celebrated — in fact, today is St Valentine’s Day, so today would be the name day of anyone called Valentine.
    I thought that was what a Catholic's "name day" was, too. Are they different?
     

    AthonLince

    Senior Member
    Italian
    Name Day and Saint's Day are different.

    Saint's day is the religious solemnity of a saint. It's a Roman Catholics festival celebrated on the day dedicated to that saint. Every day in the calendar is dedicated to a saint. However not all saints are really celebrated. Only the most important.

    Instead Name Day is the feast, the "anniversary", of your name. It falls on the day in the calendar dedicated to the saint with the same name of yours, but it is not a religious feast.
     
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