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Bulgarian Name Days

Everyone has a birthday. Well, in addition to that all Bulgarians have a name day too. A name day celebration is as close to the heart of the Bulgarians as it's their birthday.

Called, imen den (read ee-men den) the Bulgarian name day is nothing more than a celebration of the source of the name, i.e. where the name comes from -  a historical event, a Saint's birthday or simply a centuries long tradition. According to Wikipedia the Bulgarian name day is a day of the year set aside in the Bulgarian Orthodox calendar to celebrate the name and life of a certain Saint and everyone named after that saint. That's only part of the story though, because Bulgaria is rich in traditions and being one of them, Bulgarian name days are as complex and unique as the rest of the many other Bulgarian folklore customs.

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Calendar of the Bulgarian Name Days

Here is a comprehensive collection of all name days that are celebrated by Bulgarians around the world. This list incorporates many widely recognized traditional Bulgarian name days from the Orthodox calendar. On top of that, we have included some less known name days that may surprise you. Of course, Bulgarians are party people so don't be surprised if one or more name days appear more than once on different dates. Enjoy!

January
1 Vasilyovden
Vasil, Vasilena, Vesela, Veselin, Veselina
2 Ognian, Ogniana, Plamen, Plamena, Serafim, Silva, Silvia, Silviya, Silvana
4 Tihomir
6 Bogoyavlenie/Yordanovden
Bogomil, Bogdan, Bogdana, Bozhidar, Bozhidara, Borislav, Borislava, Jordan, Yordan, Yordanka, Nayden, Teodosii
7 Ivanovden
Ivan, Ivaylo, Ivanka, Vanio, Vania, Encho, Enio, Zhan, Zhana, Ivayla, Ivelin, Ivelina, Ivet, Ivo, Yoan, Ioan, Ioana, Yonka, Yonko, Yoncho, Yoto, Kaloyan, Kaloian
11 Bogdan, Bogdana, Bogomil, Bogomila, Teodosii
12 Tanya, Tatyana, Tatiana
14 Nina, Adam, Kalcho
17 Antonovden
Andon, Anton, Antonia, Dona, Doncho, Donka
18 Atanasovden
Atanas, Atanaska, Nasko, Tanyu, Tinka, Jivko, Zhivko, Zhivka, Traian
19 Silvia
20 Eftim, Efimir, Evtim, Evtimiya, Evtimia, Momchil
21 Valeri, Valeria, Maksim
24 Ksenia, Kseniya
25 Grigor, Grigorena
26 Zhivka, Zhvko, Zoia
February
1 Trifonovden
Lozan, Trifon
, Veselin, Radko, Veselina, Rada, Radka
2 Sretenie Gospodne
Radost, Radostina
3 Simeon, Mona, Moncho
4 Zheko, Zhelyazko, Zhechka, Zhechko, Zhecho
5 Dobrin, Dobrinka
6 Svetla, Svetlana, Svetlomir, Doroteya, Ognyan, Ognyana, Plamen, Plamena, Svetozar, Svetlozar, Fotii, Fotina
9 Hristina
10 Valentin, Valentina, Valia, Lambi, Haralambi, Haralampi
11 Vlasii
13 Evlogi
14 St. Valentine
Valentin, Valentina, Valya, Valyo
March
1 Evdokiya, Marta, Martin, Martina, Boiko, Boyko
2 Milen, Milena
4 Gerasim, Gera, Gercho
5 Adrian, Adriana
6 Krasimir, Krasimira, Bella, Miroslav, Miroslava
7 Todorvden*
Bozhan, Bozhidar, Bozhidara, Bozhil, Bozhko, Emanuil, Manol, Mancho, Teodor, Teodora, Toto, Todor, Teodor, Todora, Dora, Bogdan, Bogdana
9 Mladen, Mladena, Mladenka
10 Galin, Galina, Galya, Galyo, Genoveva
13 Nikifor
14 Venelin
17 Alexi
19 Dariya, Naiden, Naida
20 Svetla, Svetlio, Svetlin, Svetozar, Svetlozar
22 Rosen, Rositsa
23 Lidiya
24 Zahari, Zaharina, Hari
25 Blagoveshtenie
Blagovest, Blagovesta, Blagoi, Blaga, Blago, Blaguna, Bonka, Boncho, Marian, Mariana, Blazhe, Evangelina, Vangel, Dobri, Dobrina, Dobrinka
26 Gavrail, Gavril, Gabriela
28 Albena, Boyan, Boyana, Boyka, Boyko, Boiko, Boicho, Boycho
31 Veniamin
April
1 Avram
6 Strahil
11 Lazarovden*
Lazar, Lazo, Lacho, Lachezar
12 Tsvetnitsa*
Vencislav, Vencislava, Violeta, Varban, Girgin, Girgina, Dilyan, Dilyana, Zdravka, Zdravko, Latinka, Lilyana, Margarita, Nevena, Roza, Rosen, Rosica, Trendafil, Trendafilka, Tsvetan, Tsveta, Tsvetanka, Tsviatko, Tseno, Stanislav, Stanislava
12 Stela, Zornica, Denica, Ralica
14 Martin, Martina
17 Roberta
18 Viktor, Victor, Victoria, Viktoriya, Vesela
19 Velikden / Easter*
Anastas, Velichka, Velika, Veliko, Velichko, Velko, Svetla, Svetozar. Anyone who has 'Velik' as a part of their name
21 Zhelyu, Zhelyo, Zhelio, Jelio
24 Svetli Petak*
Zhivka, Zhivko
25 Marko, Mark, Marc
26 Tomina nedelia*
Toma, Tomislav, Tomislava
28 Vitalii, Vitan
May
1 Ermen, Ermena, Maya, Ermelina, Ermenko, Tamara
2 Boriana, Boris, Borislav, Borislava, Boryana, Zhivko, Zhivka, Zhivodan
5 Irina, Mira, Irena, Miroslav, Miroslava
6 Gergiovden*
Georgi, Georgiya, Gergana, Gyuro, Galin, Galina, Galya, Ganka, Gancho, Genko, Genoveva, Gergin, Gergana, Gergina, Ginka, Zhorzh
9 Hristofor
10 Simona
11 Kiril, Kirila, Metodi, Kiro, Kirilka, Metodiy, Metodiya
12 Iskra
17 Aleksi
21 Elena, Konstantin, Kosta, Kostadin, Kostadinka, Lenko, Dicho, Lenko, Dinko, Elenko, Eli, Elin, Elka, Ilona, Kojcho, Kostadina, Kostadinko, Kuncho, Stamen, Stanimir, Stanimira, Stanka, Stoil, Stoyan, Stoian, Stoyanka, Trayko, Dinko
24 Kiril, Kirila, Metodi, Kiro, Kirilka, Metodiy, Metodiya
26 Karp, Karpo
28 Spasovden*
Sotir, Spas, Spaska, Spasena, Spasuna
30 Emiliya, Emil, Emilia, Emilian, Emiliana
June
4 Marta, Panaiot, Ruslan
5 Dorotea
7 Valeri, Valeria
10 Antonina
11 Vartolomei
15 Avgustin, Avgustina, Vitan, Vitomir
17 Asparuh, Krum, Asen, Chavdar, Rumiana, Rumen, Momchil, Desislava
20 Biser, Bisera, Naum
21 Iavor, Iasen, Yavor, Yasen
22 Goryan, Goryana
24 Encho, Enyo, Yanka, Yanko, Yancho, Yanaki, Yani, Yanislav
26 David
29 St. Peter & St. Pavel*
Apostol, Kamen, Pavel, Pavlin, Pavlina, Pejo, Penka, Pencho, Petrana, Petar, Petya, Petzo, Petar, Petya, Pavel, Pavlina, Polina, Kamen, Asen, Asya, Desislava, Krym, Rumen, Rumyana, Chavdar, Asen, Asya, Desislava, Krum
30 Apostol, Pavel, Pavlina, Polya, Polina
July
1 Dame, Damyan,Kozma, Kuzman, Damyan, Krasimir, Krasimira, Krasina
2 Rumen, Rumyana, Chavdar
3 Anatoli
6 Avakum, Valentin, Valentina, Valya, Valia
7 Delcho, Delyo, Nedelcho, Nedelya, Nedialko, Nedko, Neshka, Yanka, Yanko
11 Oleg, Olga, Olia, Olya
15 Vladimir, Vladimira, Vlada, Vladena, Gospodin, Gospodinka
16 Yulian, Yuliana, Yuliya
17 Marin, Marina, Marinela
18 Emil, Emilian, Emilia, Emiliyana
20 Ilinden*
Iliya, Iliyana, Ilko, Ilina, Ilka, Lilo, Lila
22 Lena, Magda, Magdalena, Manda, Meglena, Miglena
25 Ana, Anica, Yana, Anna, Enko
26 Paraskev, Paraskeva, Parashkev, Parashkeva
27 Dobra, Dobri, Dobrina, Dobrinka, Pancho, Panka, Kliment, Pantelei, Panko, Panto, Dobra
29 Kalin, Goran
30 Evdoki, Evdokim, Evdokia
August
1 Zdravko, Zdravka
2 Nikodim
8 Emil, Emilian, Emiliya, Emilia, Trendafil
14 Martin
15 Uspenie na Presveta Bogoroditsa
Mara, Marian, Mariana, Maria, Mariyan, Masha, Mika, Mira, Mario, Despina, Panaiot
20 Samuil
23 Valko, Valo, Vala
26 Adrian, Adriana, Adriyan, Adriyana, Natali, Nataliya
29 Anastas, Anastasi, Anastasiya
30 Aleksandar, Aleksandra, Aleko, Sasho, Sashka
31 Genadii
September
1 Simeon, Simona, Mona, Moncho
3 Antim
5 Elisaveta, Elza, Isabela, Hari, Zahari
8 Rozhdestvo na Presveta Bogoroditsa
Ognyan, Ognyana
14 Krastovden
Krustan, Krustina, Krustyo, Krastan, Krastina, Krastyo, Kancho, Stavri, Krastyu, Krastena
16 Lyudmil, Lyudmila
17 Vyara, Nadezhda, Lyubov
Lyuba, Lyuben, Lyubomir, Lyubov, Nadezhda, Nadya, Sevda, Sofiya, Sofia, Vera, Vyara, Viara, Verin, Veradin, Vyara, Dragan, Drago, Dragoi, Dragomir, Nada,, Lubomir, Lubomira
20 Olga, Oleg
25 Sergei
October
1 Anani, Anania
3 Ruska, Dionisii
4 Vladimir
6 Toma, Tomislav, Tomislava
7 Sergei
11 Filip, Phillip
14 Pencho, Penka, Petka, Petko, Paraskeva, Parashkeva
18 Zlatan, Zlatka, Zlatko, Zlatomir, Luka, Lukan, Zlata, Zlatina
19 Ioan, Ioana, Yoan, Yoana
26 Dimitrovden
Dimitrina, Dimitar, Dima, Dimo, Dragan, Mitko, Mitra, Dimana
27 Nestor
28 Lachezar
November
1 Argir
7 Evgeni
8 St. Arhangel Mihail
Angel, Angelina, Arhangel, Gavrail, Gavril, Emil, Emilia, Emiliana, Mihaela, Mihail, Ognyan, Ognyana, Plamen, Plamena, Rada, Radka, Radko, Rafail, Raia, Raika, Raina, Rangel, Emiliya, Emiliyana, Emiliyan, Lina, Mila, Milen, Milyo, Mihaela, Mihail, Radivoy, Radoslav, Radoslava, Radostin, Radostina, Raiko, Raycho, Rangel, Rafail, Raya, Rusi
10 Milan
11 Viktor, Viktoriya, Minka, Mincho, Mina, Minko
13 Evlogi
14 Filio, Filip, Filipa, Filyo
16 Matei
23 Aleko, Alexander, Alexandra, Aleksandar, Aleksandra, Tsanko, Tsanka
24 Ekaterina, Katerina, Katina, Katya, Iasna, Yasna, Tinka
25 Kliment, Klimentina
26 Stilyan, Stilyana
30 Andrei
December
1 First snow*
Snezha, Snezhana, Sneja, Snejka
1 Naum
4 Varvara
5 Savinden
Elisaveta, Sava, Savka, Svetoslav, Svetoslava, Slavi, Slavcho, Sabi, Savina, Stanislav
6 Nikulden
Nikola, Nikolai, Nina, Kolyo, Nenka, Niko, Nikolay, Nikolina, Nitza
9 Ana, Anica, Anelia, Anna, Yana, Aneta, Anushka, Nusha
12 Darina, Spiro, Spiridon
14 Adam
15 Svoboda, Elevter, Elevteria
17 Dana, Danail, Danaila, Daniela, Danko
19 Aglaya, Agleya, Aglika
20 Ignat, Ognian, Plamen, Plamena
22 Anastas, Anastasia
23 Naum
24 Blagorodna, Evgeni, Evgenia, Zheni, Zhechka, Parvan, Parvana, Bistra
25 Koleda
Hristina, Hristo, Kristina, Kristian, Kristiana, Emil, Itso, Icho, Mladen, Radoslav, Radoslava, Radomir, Radostin, Radostina, Hristofor
26 David, Datso, Dacho, Zhozef, Yosif
27 Stefanovden
Venci, Vencislav, Vencislava, Zapryan, Sonya, Stamen, Stanimir, Stanka, Stefan, Stefana, Stefaniya, Stefka, Stoil, Stoimen, Stoichko, Stojko, Stoyan, Stoyanka, Tanya, Tsanka, Tsanko, Tsonka, Tsonyu

* This name day's date varies each year depending on the date of the Orthodox Easter.

 
     
   

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