Happy Name Saint Day!

August 11th Clare Day
St. Clare
St. Clare of Assisi

A fun little fact about Italy is that for each Catholic Saint there is a feast day each year, and on this particular day Italians of the same name are sometimes given a gift to recognize this.  This is called their “Onomastico”.   Being a very tradition-orientated culture, Italians tend to be named after a Catholic Saint (or at least after a relative who was named after a Saint…or after a relative who was named after a relative who was named after a relative, named after a Catholic Saint if we want to get really into it!).  Sometimes people are named after the Saint who’s feast day is the day they are born, or also after the Patron Saint of the city/town they live in…for example Saint Catherine is the Patron Saint of Rome, and Saint Gennaro is the Patron Saint of Naples (which is part of the reason why “Gennaro” is such a common name in Naples actually!).

So when is your Onomastico??