For a child born in May, the church calendar offers a large list of names. It is believed that the saint, in whose name the baby is named, will protect a person throughout his life.
Practically every day of the last month of spring is a day of remembrance of at least one saint, some days are several at once, therefore, choosing a name for a newborn May should not cause difficulties for parents.
According to church rules, parents must choose a name for their child based on the date of birth.
Most often they look at what saint is commemorated on the day the baby is born. If there is no suitable name on that day, you can search for it in the calendar date associated with the eighth or fortieth day after the birth of the child.
In exceptional cases, the baby can be called in honor of the saint, especially revered in the family.
When choosing it is worth paying attention to whether the name is harmoniously combined with the patronymic and surname.
In May there are various male and female names: ancient and modern, Russian and foreign origin. There are those who are practically unknown in our country or have long been forgotten.
Usually in the church calendar there are more male names. This is due to the fact that in the history of Christianity, men played a more prominent role than women.
For a newborn girl, you can choose an analogue of a male name corresponding to her birthday. A girl born on May 3, on the day of remembrance of St. Alexander Oshevensky, a Russian Christian ascetic, is supposed to be called Alexandra — then this particular saint will be considered her patron.
Parents who adhere to Orthodox traditions can easily pick a name for their son if he was born in May. There are rare and currently popular names for the boy in this month’s calendar:
- Alexander, Anton, Andrey, Pavel, Denis, Nikolay, Dmitry are the most actual names in the last decades;
- Kasyan, Leonty — rare names;
- Makar, Peter, Leo, Semyon, Fedor, Ivan, Gabriel — the names that were recently considered obsolete, but are now becoming popular.
For girls born in May, the following common female names are recommended:
In the calendar there are now rare names:
Named in May (angel days) is celebrated by boys and girls with the following names:
The names of the saints for each date can be seen in the Svyattsy — the list of saints revered in the Orthodox Church.
Patron saints of boys born in May, and the meaning of names:
|Name||Origin and meaning||Patron saint|
|Adrian||Roman generic name — «come from the Adriatic»||The Monk Adrian of Monza, the Monk Adrian of Volokolamsk, the Monk Adrian of Ondrusovsk (the acquisition of relics)|
|Alexander||From ancient Greek — «protector»||Venerable Alexander Oshevensky, Venerable Alexander Sinaisky, Holy Martyr Alexander of Tiverian, Martyr Alexander of Rome, Holy Martyr Alexander of Jerusalem|
|Alexey||From ancient Greek — «guarding»||Rev. Alexy of Pechersk, Prelate Alexy, Metropolitan of Moscow and All Russia Wonderworker (gaining relics)|
|Anatoly||From ancient Greek — «Oriental dawn»||Martyr Anatoly|
|Anton||From ancient Greek — “entering the battle”||Rev. Anthony of Karelia, Martyr Anthony|
|Arseny||From ancient Greek — «courageous»||Saint Arseny Archbishop of Suzdal, Venerable Arseny the Great, Venerable Arseny of Pechersk, Venerable Arseny of Novgorod|
|Artem||From ancient Greek — “healthy, safe”||Martyr Artem Kizic|
|Athanasius||From ancient Greek — «immortal»||Monk Athanasius of Meteora, Martyr Athanasius the Magus, Saint Athanasius the Great of Alexandria, Saint Athanasius the Patriarch Tsaregradsky, Saint Athanasius Lubensky, Saint Athanasius the Bishop of Corinth, Saint Athanasius the Bishop of Christianopols|
|Boris||From the ancient Slavic — «a glorious prince in a fight»||Blessed Prince Boris in Holy Baptism Roman|
|Valentine||Latin — “strong”||Martyr Valentine|
|Vasiliy||From ancient Greek — «regal»||Martyr Basil the Bishop of Amasia, Saint Basil the Bishop of Zaholmsky, the Martyr Basil, the Righteous Vasily Mangazeysky (transfer of relics)|
|Victor||From Latin — «winner»||Martyr Victor|
|Vsevolod||From ancient Russian — «all-powerful»||Blessed Prince Vsevolod (transfer of relics)|
|Vitali||From Latin — «full of vitality»||Venerable Vitaly of Alexandria, the martyr Vitaly of Kerkir|
|Gabriel||C Hebrew — «manly»||Blessed Prince Gabriel (Vsevolod of Pskov) (transfer of the relics), the martyr infant Gabriel of Belostok (transfer of the relics)|
|George / Egor||From ancient Greek — «cultivating the earth»||St. George the Confessor, Bishop of Antioch of Pisidia, the Great Martyr George the Victorious, the Martyr George of Ptolomaidsky, Blessed George Shenkursky, St. George the Confessor, Bishop of Mytilene|
|Hermann||From Latin — «brotherly, close»||St. Herman, Patriarch of Constantinople|
|Gleb||From Old Norse — «the favorite of the gods»||Blessed Prince Gleb in David’s holy baptism (transfer of relics)|
|Gregory||From ancient Greek — «awake»||St. Gregory of Sinai, Patriarch of Antioch|
|David||From Hebrew — «beloved»||Blessed Prince Gleb in David’s holy baptism (transfer of relics)|
|Denis||From ancient Greek — «belonging to the god Dionysus||Martyr Dionysius of Perga, Rev. Dionysius of Radonezh|
|Dmitriy||From ancient Greek — «owned by Demeter»||The Passion-Bearer Blessed Tsarevich Dimitry of Uglich and Moscow|
|Yefim||From ancient Greek — «pious»||St. Euthymius, martyr Euthymius of Athos, righteous Euthymius|
|Ivan||From Hebrew — «the mercy of God»||Rev. John the Old Cave, Rev. John Hegumen Kafarov, Martyr John Valah, John the New, Rev. John Zedaznius, Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, Martyr John the Bulgar|
|Ignat||From Latin — «fiery»||St. Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) Bishop of Stavropol, Martyr Ignatius of Athos|
|Innocent||Latin for «innocent»||Righteous Innocent|
|Kirill||From ancient Greek — «sovereign»||St. Cyril Bishop of Turov, Rev. Cyril Alfanov (Sokolnitsky) Novgorod (transfer of relics), Equal to the Apostles Cyril (and Equal to the Apostles Methodius, Archbishop of Moravia) Teacher of Slovenia|
|Klim||Latin — “humane”||Apostle Clement, Rev. Clement the Songwriter, Rev. Clement Alfanov (Sokolnitsky) Novgorodsky (transfer of relics)|
|Konstantin||From Latin — «permanent resistant»||St. Martyr Constantine of Ammor|
|Kuzma||From ancient Greek — «the universe, the cosmos»||St. Cosmas Bishop of Chalcedon|
|a lion||From ancient Greek — «lion»||Martyr Leo|
|Makar||From ancient Greek — «blissful»||Priest-Martyr Macarius Metropolitan of Kiev, Rev. Martyr Makarii Archimandrite Kanevsky Pereyaslavsky, the Monk Makarii Hegumen Glushitsky, St. Macarius Bishop|
|Maksim||From Latin — «the greatest»||Martyr Maxim of Asia|
|Mark||From Latin — «hammer»||Apostle and Evangelist Mark|
Saint Mark of Crete
Patron saints of girls born in May, and the meaning of the names:
|Name||Origin and meaning||Patron saint|
|Avdotya||From ancient Greek — «goodwill»||Venerable Evdokia, in the Euphrosinia nuns, Grand Duchess of Moscow|
|Alexandra||From ancient Greek — «defender»||The martyr Tsarina Alexandra, the martyr Alexandra Ankirskaya, maiden|
|Anastasia||From ancient Greek — «resurrected»||Righteous Anastasia|
|Arina||From ancient Greek — «peaceful»||Great Martyr Irina, righteous Irina spouse of St. George the Confessor|
|Valeria||From Latin — “strong, strong, healthy”||Martyr Valeria of Rome|
|Glafira||From ancient Greek — «elegant»||Righteous Virgin Glafira|
|Evdokia||From ancient Greek — «goodwill»||St. Evdokia Grand Duchess of Moscow|
|Elizabeth||From Hebrew — «worshiping God»||Rev. Elizabeth the Miracle|
|Zoe||From ancient Greek — «cheerful»||Martyr Zoya the Roman|
|Isabel||From Hebrew — “oath to God”||Rev. Elizabeth the Miracle|
|Irina||From ancient Greek — “liking, peaceful”||Great Martyr Irina wife of St. George the Confessor|
|Claudia||From Latin — «lame»||Martyr Claudius of Ancyra|
|Christina, Christina||From ancient Greek — «follower of Christ»||Holy Martyr Christina of Tire|
|Maria||From Hebrew — «Miserable, Beloved»||Equal to the apostles Mary Magdalene, the Myrrh-Bearer (transfer of the relics to Constantinople)|
|Mattress||From Latin — «Honorable Lady, Mother of the Family»||Martyr Deva Matrona|
|Pelagia||From ancient Greek — «sea»||Martyr Pelagia of Tarsis|
|Sandra||From ancient Greek — «defender of the people»||Martyr Alexander of Rome|
|Taisiya||From ancient Greek — «wise»||Righteous Taisia of Egypt|
|Tamara||From Hebrew — «date tree»||Blessed Queen Tamara of Georgia|
|Faina||From ancient Greek — «bright, radiant»||The Virgin Martyr Faina of Ancyra|
|Yuliya||From ancient Greek — «curly»||Martyr the Virgin Iulia Ankirskaya|
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