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« on: March 26, 2011, 02:28:29 AM »

Our priest's eldest daughter is named Heather. She is married to an Orthodox priest and we call her Kh. Heather. I am unaware of a Saint Heather, but I am certainly no expert. Does anyone know of a Saint Heather?
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2011, 02:54:06 AM »

Our priest's eldest daughter is named Heather. She is married to an Orthodox priest and we call her Kh. Heather. I am unaware of a Saint Heather, but I am certainly no expert. Does anyone know of a Saint Heather?

None listed in the most extensive Western Saints database I know of. So I lean towards no...
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2011, 11:16:03 AM »

Many plants we call "heather" are of the genus Erica. Is this helpful? Is there a Saint Erica (or similar)?
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2011, 02:48:35 AM »

Many plants we call "heather" are of the genus Erica. Is this helpful? Is there a Saint Erica (or similar)?

Haven't come across any St Heathers or St Ericas in any list I'm aware of. Though there are at least a couple of male saints called Eric, IIRC.
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2011, 05:54:44 AM »

Often when a woman is named after a plant/flower (i.e. Lilly, Rose, etc.) her appointed "feast day" is Pentecost. I imagine Heather would fall under this category.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2011, 11:48:41 PM »

Within the Antiochians, there is no necessity for everyone to choose a Saint's name. Both my son in law and daughter in law were baptised with their given names. They were told they could celebrate their name days with All Saints.
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« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2011, 11:54:25 PM »

I know of some Heathers that celebrate their nameday on February 10 for St Haralambos.  
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« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2011, 06:58:42 AM »

Often when a woman is named after a plant/flower (i.e. Lilly, Rose, etc.) her appointed "feast day" is Pentecost. I imagine Heather would fall under this category.

Interesting. Can anyone explain the origins of this practice and give examples?
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« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2011, 08:05:31 AM »

Interesting. In Bulgaria when someone (a man or a woman) is named after a plant/flower his/her Name day is the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem, which in Bulgaria is also called Willow Sunday or Flowery Sunday. (Willow Sunday because willows are used instead of palms).
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« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2011, 06:37:16 PM »

Interesting. In Bulgaria when someone (a man or a woman) is named after a plant/flower his/her Name day is the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem, which in Bulgaria is also called Willow Sunday or Flowery Sunday. (Willow Sunday because willows are used instead of palms).

Do such people have patron saints as well?
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« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2011, 07:53:07 PM »

Interesting. In Bulgaria when someone (a man or a woman) is named after a plant/flower his/her Name day is the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem, which in Bulgaria is also called Willow Sunday or Flowery Sunday. (Willow Sunday because willows are used instead of palms).

Do such people have patron saints as well?

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