Previous Names of the Day

ALBERT   m   English, French, German, Slovene, Polish, Russian, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic Jan 28th
From the Germanic name Adalbert, which was composed of the elements adal "noble" and beraht "bright". This name was common among medieval German royalty. The Normans introduced it to England, where it replaced the Old English cognate Æðelberht.

CLOELIA   f   Ancient Roman Jan 27th
Feminine form of CLOELIUS. In Roman legend Cloelia was a maiden who was given to an Etruscan invader as a hostage. She managed to escape by swimming across the Tiber, at the same time helping some of the other captives to safety.

FIONNBHARR   m   Irish Jan 26th
Means "fair hair", derived from Irish fionn "white, fair" and barr "head". Saint Fionnbharr of Cork was a 6th-century bishop who supposedly performed miraculous cures. The Barry Islands off Wales were named for him.

THEOPHANES   m   Ancient Greek Jan 25th
Means "manifestation of God" from Greek θεος (theos) "god" and φανης (phanes) "appearing". Saint Theophanes was an 8th-century chronicler from Constantinople. This was also the name of a 14th-century Greek icon painter.

SABRINA   f   English, Italian, German Jan 24th
Latinized form of Habren, the original Welsh name of the River Severn. According to Geoffrey of Monmouth, Sabrina was the name of a princess who was drowned in the Severn. Supposedly the river was named for her, but it is more likely that her name was actually derived from that of the river, which is of unknown meaning.

GABRIEL   m   French, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, English, Romanian, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Biblical, Biblical Latin, Biblical Greek Jan 23rd
From the Hebrew name גַבְרִיאֵל (Gavri'el) meaning "God is my strong man". Gabriel was one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition. He appears in both the Old Testament and the New Testament, where he serves as the announcer of the births of John to Zechariah and Jesus to Mary.

SILVIUS   m   Late Roman, Roman Mythology Jan 22nd
Derived from Latin silva "wood, forest". This was the family name of several of the legendary kings of Alba Longa. It is also the name of an early saint martyred in Alexandria.