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Namesake Day

Namesake Day is the first holiday of Celebrate Your Name Week, which occurs each year during the first complete week in March. On the day, celebrants ponder their names and look into why they have them. They investigate their given names, finding out if they were named after someone or received the name for another reason, and they explore their surnames as well.

How to Observe Namesake Day

Celebrate the day by getting to the bottom of why you have your given name and surname. For your given name, investigate if there is someone you were named after; a namesake. If they are still living, you could then reach out to them. For your surname, investigate its origins. Sites like Ancestry can help get you started. You could also find "name twins"—people who have the same name as you—and reach out to them.

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