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Sounds like a dragon from a kids' book.
― Anonymous User  4/27/2017
Pronunced "spie-RIE-dən" in English, and "spee-REE-dhon" in Modern Greek.
heyyyyyyyyyyyy  1/16/2017
Makes me think of spiders.
― Anonymous User  9/26/2016
Saint Spyridon is the patron saint of the island of Kerkyra. He's famous for protecting the island from harm (examples: he chased the plague away from the island, he chased away an Ottoman fleet). He's venerated on December 12th, but his remains lie in the Church of Saint Spyridon, and on Palm Sunday, they put them in a large, ornate box (a bit like a carrying chair, but with glass on the sides so you can see the saint within), and carry him through the streets in a grand procession. There's also a legend about the priests at the church setting out red shoes for him on his feast-day, and them being used when they're checked the next morning.
kvpp88  10/24/2014
I love this name. very manly and strong sounding.
It kinda also reminds me of a dragon.
jazzycritique  5/18/2013
I don't like this name. It sounds like a Pokemon. Spyridon, I choose you!
Wolfess  7/27/2010
While the name seems most likely to have derived from the Latin "spiritus," as it did not seem to appear as a name until after the spread of Christianity around the Mediterranean (indeed the famous Orthodox bishop seems to be the first recorded), it shares a very similar spelling to a Greek word for a round basket: Spyridion, which is spelled precisely the same in the Greek alphabet with the exception of the ending (iota omicron nu, rather than omega nu). This is why some other name sources list its meaning as "basket." Interestingly enough, many of the traditional Orthodox icons depict St. Spyridon as wearing a basket on his head, the presence of which seems to suggest that the similarity of the two words was appreciated early on. [noted -ed]
theoldtree  12/4/2009

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