Name Day: What It Is & How to Celebrate

The name we received from our parents may be the most valuable possession we have. It discerns us from others, and it shapes our personalities and individuality. In many cultures and countries around the world, there is a celebration of someone’s name every day of the year. Many cultures call this celebration a Name Day.

happy name day greeting

The best thing about name days is that you don’t need to know your friend’s birthday to send them a greeting, you just need their name. And, while birthdays are certainly the most popular reason to celebrate and party in America, name days are just as important to many cultures around the world.

Is name day synonymous with birthday?

In short, the answer is no. However, there is so much more to the answer than a simple “yes or no.” Birthdays are just that, the day you were born. Your name day extends beyond and into more meaning than only you. You may share both days, but in many traditions, cultures and religions, your name day is more important than your birthday.

As a tradition in many countries in Europe and Latin America, people celebrate their name day once a year. This date is specific to your given name and the roots of that name. The tradition of celebrating this day flows back into Catholic and Orthodox countries since the Middle Ages and continues today. While those in North America don’t necessarily celebrate this day (other than an individual’s birthday), many cultures still hold this day in high regard.

Three name tags with different names, Renee's name day is celebrated on November 12th.

Celebrations of each name day are typically in commemoration of saints and martyrs of the Catholic church. For example, Sweden celebrates the name Karl on January 28, which is the anniversary of the death of Charlemagne. In some countries, such as Poland, there are several days for one name. In that situation, it is usually the closest one after the person’s birthday. Many countries regard these celebrations to be even more important than an actual birthday, as the latter was seen as a pagan tradition.

Why do you need to know the difference?

This became a popular topic when George R.R. Martin, author of Game of Thrones, refers to the topic in his books and the resulting television series. While Martin does not give us a clear definition of what name days are, he does mention name days coincide with birthdays. Fans of the series have speculated after reading or watching it that a name day is the character’s birthday.

George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones meme reference to Happy Name Day

The Nameday is a custom in the society of the Seven Kingdoms. It is an annual celebration commemorating the naming of a person and serves to calculate his or her age. Babies are named the same day they are born. People receive presents from friends and family on their nameday. 

In Martin’s words, “Stupidly, Jon argued. ‘I’ll be fifteen on my name day,’ he said. ‘Almost a man grown.'” (Found in The Song of Ice and Fire)

Martin gives other examples of people celebrating name days as similar to birthdays. One example is the continual mention of King Joffrey Baratheon’s name day celebration.

So, what are name days, and where do people celebrate them?

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines name days as “the church feast day of the saint after whom one is named.”

Many cultures and countries around the world put precedence on celebrating these specific name days. Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Italy and Russia are just a handful of countries that honor this celebration.

Two ladies setting up for a celebration of name day.
Fanny Brate – A Day of Celebration

In many cultures, there are first names associated with the days of the year. The associations between the days and the names have arisen through many reasons, but primarily because the church held a festival for a saint of that name on that day. For instance, the church feast of Saint Michael was held on September 29, and as a result, the name day for Michael is on September 29. In some countries, one’s nameday is more important than one’s birthday, and sometimes gifts are given.

While each culture may have different traditions surrounding name days, they all have one thing in common: the name. So, whether your name is Michelle or Karl, you have two days a year that are special to only you! While your birthday is indeed special, your name day carries just as much significance.

So, the next time you don’t know someone’s birthday, look up their name day and give them a cheerful message or gift instead. Try a new name tag or a personalized name plate with their name and their special date!

A Happy Holiday Company Retreat with Name Tags

using custom lanyards at your holiday company retreat is sure to leave you colleagues with a memorable experience

From snowflakes to festive colors, make your holiday company retreat unforgettable!

Businesses often hold events for their employees and clients to attend. Often these events are based around a season or holiday. But, while these events are frequently related to summer festivities, winter holidays can also be a fun time to get together with colleagues and customers. Here are a few ways you can make your holiday company retreat even better.

Lanyards are sure to put everyone into the holiday spirit.

It doesn’t matter what lanyard you use, as long as it stands out. So, choose from a variety of fun and festive colors or create something unique for your employees. From Cord Badge Lanyards to Premium Full-Color Lanyards, we’re sure to have something that will add to your festivities.

Some of our lanyards even come with holiday options such as an ugly Christmas sweater pattern or a blue and white snowflake pattern. And then you can add any text you need. From business slogans to a holiday message, your holiday company retreat definitely need these lanyards.

Putting Those Lanyards to Good Use During Holiday Company Retreat

blue cord lanyard with conference name tag used for holiday company retreats

From personal identification to festive party games, lanyards are sure to meet multiple needs at your holiday company retreat.

Use custom lanyards to quickly and easily display name tags or other necessities at your event. Lanyards are perfect for displaying decorations and using as seating arrangements.

Or, even give them away as prizes for the best dressed, the ugliest sweater and even more! They can also make wonderful party favors for each attendee to take home to remember just how much fun they had attending your holiday company retreat.

Don’t forget the name tags!

conference name tags designed for holiday company retreats

From logo only name badges to conference name tags, we’re sure to have exactly what you need to make your holiday company retreats perfect. And, the best part is that it is all affordable.

Name tags are essential to the success of your event as they provide identification for everyone. Whether you are hosting a celebration for a small group of employees or a larger event for colleagues and clients, name tags are the perfect tool to make sure everyone knows who is in attendance.

And, networking is a ton easier when everyone can communicate by knowing each other’s names. Using Event Name Tags with fun, colorful graphics will help accomplish this task. And, by adding holiday graphics, each attendee is sure to enjoy keeping their name tag to remind them of how much fun they had during these company retreats.

What other personal identification products could you use at your next event or company retreat?

Corporate Gifts are for Everyone

Not only do we have the best ideas for corporate gifts this year, but we can also put any name on it!

Scott Ginsberg has come up with a philosophy about personal identification, “Everyone should wear name tags, all the time, everywhere, forever.” And we don’t think he’s too far off, especially when it comes to corporate gifts.

But, do you need a professional to tell you how essential name tags are? And, what about translating that into corporate gifts. Yes, it is that time of year again when every business should consider what they are giving to their employees, colleagues and customers.

Providing corporate gifts is an opportunity to connect with your clients, strengthen employee ties and share your holiday cheer. Recruiting, retention and business development are three great reasons to give a gift. But don’t just give a gift because you think someone expects it. Give because you want to maintain these relationships.

And, here are our three favorite gifts!

Executive Desk Wedge

use executive name wedges for your corporate gifts this yearThese fancy name plates are perfect for showing just how much you appreciate someone. They also make an excellent award for any achievement. With a class of excellence above any other, these beautiful executive desk wedges are sure to show how much you care. Whether you give one for your corporate gifts or buy one for yourself, the professional quality reflects the excellence you demand from yourself and your company.

Acrylic Desk Blocks

use acrylic desk blocks for your corporate gifts this yearCrystalline acrylic desk blocks make beautiful corporate gifts for your colleagues or clients. The clear, inch-thick name blocks come with an optional black backing that makes the engraved text stand out. Select whether the text is laser engraved on the front or the back. Front engraving may include white, gold or silver colored filling. With lots of font options, customize one or two lines of text however you want.

use award plaques for your corporate gifts this yearAward Plaques

Give the gift of wood with award plaques. They are made of quality materials and have natural grain patterns. Each plaque is made from high-quality wood and comes with unique designs. And, these custom plaques come in many different colors and finishes from which to choose. With the same custom options for each plaque type, there is no limit to how you can put this award to good use.

And, remember to wrap up these treasured corporate gifts in some custom (and branded) ribbon.

don't forget the custom ribbon rolls for your corporate gifts this year

Wrap ribbon rolls around an award plaque or use a rosette ribbon as a unique way of presenting a desk wedge. But, no matter your personalized ribbon choice, your colleagues are sure to love your corporate gifts this year.

Holidays and Celebrating Nametag Day

Nametag Day is all about spontaneity and silliness!

As we walk around our cities, we often forget to notice the people around us and miss out on chances to connect. A name tag says “I am open. I want to talk to you.” It adds an element of humanity to our day, breaking down an invisible barrier between us.

This holiday was started by a group of friends with organizing experience who decided it would be a great way to spend their time. They are the ones jump-starting this particular endeavor, but anyone who puts on a name tag is part of Team Nametag Day.

This special day is typically celebrated on the first Saturday in June. However, we are with these organizers and agree that every day should be Nametag Day.

And they believe that this holiday belongs to everyone!

nametag day is celebrated currently in san francisco and new york city

Nametag Day is entirely non-commercial, staffed by volunteers, and no people or organizations will profit financially from the event. All funds raised go to name tags, markers and other logistics costs. And we all profit from the day! We want people to make new friends, learn new things, and share a few extra smiles.

Who is helping make this holiday happen?

You! Every person who volunteers, donates money, wears a name tag, or spreads the word contributes to making Nametag Day a reality.

We are especially grateful to The Awesome Foundation, nametag.com and NYC Social Sports Club for their generous contributions.

How can you start your Nametag Day?

nametag day celebrated in san francisco but can be celebrated anywhere name tags are wornAnyone can celebrate this holiday, wherever you are – just wear a name tag! If you’d like to conduct a larger event, we request that you follow these core principles of Nametag Day:

The spirit of this holiday is to encourage openness, connection, and spontaneous fun. That’s it, nothing more.
Participants are expected to go to extra lengths to appear non-commercial. This means not wearing the same hats or shirts, etc.

Nametag Day doesn’t stop at 5pm. We hope that you will continue to acknowledge the people who make up your world. Smile and reply, “It’s okay” next time someone bumps you on the Muni. Say hello to that shy coworker.

Thank you to these organizers for making a holiday so special and dear to our hearts. We love being a part of this day and celebration!

3 Practical Reasons for Corporate Gifting

Corporate gifting is one of the best ways to grow and maintain your business.

using name tags for your corporate gifting this year is just as important as picking out the right wrapping and ribbonsThere are many reasons for corporate gifting that range from thanking consumers for their business to recognizing employees for outstanding work. But, the primary reason seems always to be the same. It is to sustain relationships and deepen the personal connection between the giver and the recipient.

Most companies agree that this fundamental reason is an opportunity to share your holiday cheer, connect with your clients and strengthen employee ties. Recruiting, retention and development are three other great reasons to give a corporate gift.

But here are the best three reasons to give a corporate gift!

Giving

The holidays are built on the premise of giving and volunteering in your community. No matter the reason for giving anything, you should only expect one thing back: a friendly smile, a “please” or “thank you,” or maybe even a hug. But no matter what you give, it is the thought that counts.

Wrapping

Some people just possess the talent to wrap gifts perfectly. Some don’t. But, no matter if you’re one of these wonderful people or not, everyone loves to get a wrapped present! Don’t sell your gifts short with bland packaging or by not even wrapping them. Choose bright, happy and seasonal gift wrap for your corporate gifting.

Name Tags

Last is the most important, right? Well, we sure think so! Name tags and other personal identification products are great ideas for corporate gifts. Whether it’s a new name badge for your employees or an executive desk wedge for your best customer, we’re sure to have the right gift for your needs!

using name tags for your corporate gifting this year is just as important as picking out the right wrapping and ribbons

Name tags can always use an upgrade each year and for each employee!

using name tags for your corporate gifting this year is just as important as picking out the right wrapping and ribbons

Give top quality name plates to your office team this year.

using name tags for your corporate gifting this year is just as important as picking out the right wrapping and ribbons

Why not be unique and give everyone in the office a fun, new lanyard!

Spend the time and money on the wrapping to reflect the value of your client and employee relationships. But remember, choosing the right gift for your associates is just as important as the packaging. Add your personal flair with custom ribbons today! Need a great idea for a gift to give? See “Personalized Ribbons Blog” for all our best ideas!