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Calendar & Name-Days

People in Slovakia are celebrating twice a year: once their regular birthday and another time their name-day. If your name is used in Slovakia, then maybe you also have one.


Slovak Calendar

Slovakia uses the same Gregorian calendar as other Western countries including USA, Canada and the European Union. The Gregorian calendar (named after Pope Gregory XIII, 1640-1650) has replaced the earlier Julian calendar and introduced the ordinary year of 365 days, and a leap year of 366 days. Leap year occurs in every year whose number is exactly divisible by 4, except centenary years whose numbers are not exactly divisible by 400, as 1700, 1800, and 1900. Roman statesman Julius Caesar established the Julian calendar in 46 B.C., fixing the length of the year at 365 days and at 366 days every fourth year. The Gregorian calendar is much more precise in a long term. (Orthodox Christian churches still use the Julian calendar to determine church holidays.)

The names of months in the Slovak language come from Latin, and are therefore very similar to the English names. Slovak names of days of the week are original Slavic words. The only exception is the name of Saturday (“sobota”) which originates in the Hebrew word Sabbath (rest), probably also related to the word “seven” in Semitic languages. However today, the Slovak week begins with Monday (pondelok) and ends with Sunday (nedeľa), as in other European countries (e.g. Germany or France).


Namedays

Each day was assigned a name in the official Slovak calendar. People with identical given names can celebrate their name days. Namedays are similar to birthdays, but generally considered to be less important. However, there are always more people who know of your nameday than those who remember your birthday.

The names in this civil calendar are only in some cases identical with the names in the Catholic or Protestant church calendars, or with the Czech civil calendar.

You can see the official Slovak calendar below. To find a specific name, please use the “find” function of your browser (CTRL-F in general). Good to know:

  • Bolded days are bank holidays consisting of state holidays and Christian holidays except for Easter (Friday, Sunday and Monday) which depends on the moon cycle.
  • Names ending with “a” letter are female names.
  • If a Slovak name has a translation in English or there is a similar name in English speaking countries, it is written in the brackets.

Namedays for January, February, March, April

Day January February March April
1. New Year’s Day & Independence Day Tatiana Albín (Albino) Hugo (Hugh)
2. Alexandra (Alex or Sandra), Karina Erik, Erika Anežka Zita
3. Daniela Blažej Bohumil, Bohumila Richard
4. Drahoslav Veronika Kazimír Izidor
5. Andrea Agáta Fridrich Miroslava
6. Antónia – Feast of the Epiphany Dorota Radoslav Irena (Irene)
7. Bohuslava Vanda Tomáš (Thomas) Zoltán
8. Severín Zoja Alan Albert
9. Alexej Zdenko Františka (Francisca) Milena
10. Dáša Gabriela Branislav, Bruno Igor
11. Malvína Dezider Angela Július
12. Ernest Perla (Perl) Gregor Estera
13. Rastislav Arpád Vlastimil Aleš
14. Radovan Valentín (Valentine) Matilda Justína
15. Dobroslav Pravoslav Svetlana Fedor
16. Kristína (Christina) Ida, Liana Boleslav Dana, Danica
17. Nataša Miloslava Ľubica Rudolf
18. Bohdana Jaromír Eduard Valér
19. Drahomíra, Mário, Sára Vlasta Jozef (Joseph) Jela
20. Dalibor Lívia (Liv) Víťazoslav Marcel
21. Vincent Eleonóra Blahoslav Ervín
22. Zora Etela Beňadik Slavomír
23. Miloš Roman, Romana Adrián Voltech
24. Timotej Matej Gabriel Juraj (George)
25. Gejza Frederik Marián Marek
26. Tamara Viktor (Victor) Emanuel Jaroslava
27. Bohuš Alexander (Alex) Alena Jaroslav
28. Alfonz Zlatica Soňa (Sonja) Jarmila
29. Gašpar Miroslav Lea
30. Ema Vieroslava Anastázia (Anastasia)
31. Emil Benjamín (Benjamin)

Namedays for May, June, July, August

Day May June July August
1. International Workers’ Day Žaneta Diana Božidara
2. Žigmund Xénia Berta Gustáv
3. Galina Karolína (Caroline) Miloslav Jerguš
4. Florián Lenka Prokop Dominik, Dominika (Dominic)
5. Lesana Laura Cyril, Metod – Memory of St. Cyril and St. Methodius Hortenzia
6. Hermína Norbert Patrik (Patrick), Patrícia Jozefína (Josephine)
7. Monika Róbert Oliver Štefánia
8. Ingrida – End of World War II. Medard Ivan Oskar (Oscar)
9. Roland Stanislava Lujza Ľubomíra
10. Viktória (Victoria) Margaréta Amália Vavrinec
11. Blažena Dobroslava Milota Zuzana (Susan)
12. Pankrác Zlatko Nina Darina
13. Servác Anton Margita Ľubomír
14. Bonifác Vasil Kamil Mojmír
15. Žofia Vít Henrich (Henry) Marcela
16. Svetozár Blanka Drahomír Leonard
17. Gizela (Gisele) Adolf Bohuslav Milica
18. Viola Vratislav Kamila Elena, Helena (Helen)
19. Gertrúda Alfréd Dušana Lýdia
20. Bernard Valéria (Valery) Iľja Anabela
21. Zina Alojz Daniel Jana (Jane)
22. Júlia, Juliana (Julia) Paulína (Paula) Magdaléna Tichomír
23. Želmíra Sidónia Oľga Filip (Philip)
24. Ela Ján Vladimír Bartolomej
25. Urban Tadeáš Jakub (Jacob) Ľudovít
26. Dušan Adriána Anna, Hana (Ann) Samuel
27. Iveta Ladislav Božena Silvia
28. Viliam (William) Beáta Krištof (Christopher) Augustín
29. Vilma Peter, Petra, Pavol (Paul) Marta Nikola – Slovak National Uprising Day
30. Ferdinand Melánia Libuša Ružena
31. Petronela Ignác Nora

Namedays for September, October, November, December

Day September October November December
1. Drahoslava – Slovak Constitution Day Arnold Denis (Dennis), Denisa – All Saints’ Day Edmund
2. Linda Levoslav All Souls Day Bibiána
3. Belo Stela Hubert Oldrich
4. Rozália František (Francis) Karol (Charles) Barbora
5. Regína Viera (Trust) Imrich Oto
6. Alica Natália (Nataly) Renáta Mikuláš (Nicolas)
7. Marianna Eliška René Ambróz
8. Miriama Brigita Bohumír Marína
9. Martina Dionýz Teodor (Theodore) Izabela (Isabel)
10. Oleg Slavomíra Tibor Radúz
11. Bystrík Valentína Maroš, Martin Hilda
12. Mária (Mary) Maximilián Svätopluk Otília
13. Ctibor Koloman Stanislav Lucia (Lucy)
14. Ľudomil Boris Irma Branislava, Bronislava
15. Jolana – Day of Our Lady of Sorrows Terézia Leopold Ivica
16. Ľudomila, Ľudmila Vladimíra Agnesa Albína
17. Olympia Hedviga Klaudia (Claudia) – Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day Kornélia (Cornelia)
18. Eugénia Lukáš (Lucas) Eugen Sláva (Fame), Slávka
19. Konštantín (Constantine) Kristián (Chris) Alžbeta (Elizabeth) Judita (Judith)
20. Ľuboslav, Ľuboslava Vendelín Félix Dagmara
21. Matúš Uršuľa Elvíra Bohdan
22. Móric Sergej Cecília Adela
23. Zdenka Alojza Klement Nadežda
24. Ľuboš, Ľubor Kvetoslava Emília Adam, Eva (Eve) – Christmas Eve
25. Vladislav Aurel Katarína (Catherine) Christmas Day
26. Edita Demeter Kornel Štefan (Stephen)
27. Cyprián Sabína Milan Filoména
28. Václav (Wenceslas) Dobromila Henrieta (Henrietta) Ivana
29. Michal (Michael), Michaela Klára (Clara) Vratko Milada
30. Jarolím Simona Ondrej (Andrew) Dávid
31. Aurélia Silvester
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