National Vincent Day is commemorated on January 22 annually. Vincent is of Latin medieval origin; it comes from the word ‘Vincentius,’ derived from the Latin word ‘vincere’ meaning to ‘conquer’ or ‘to win.’ Thus, it’s no surprise that it’s a name popularly considered bold, strong, and suitable for courageous people with a penchant for the arts. It would be an excellent choice for parents who want a more classical name for their baby boy. Today we celebrate all the vicarious Vincents of the world from different walks of life because we value them.
History of National Vincent Day
While the name Vincent has Latin foundations, its roots trace back to the French, who brought it to England before it started gaining popularity in the middle ages.
The oldest commonly known bearers of the name were a widely respected Spanish martyr who lived in the 3rd century and a 5th century monk and writer of ‘Lérins,’ amongst other saints. Vincent became known in 1223 in honor of Wincenty Kadlubek, a Polish historian and prolific writer who was also a Catholic prelate that served as the Bishop of Kraków.
In recent centuries, Vincent has been a choice name for many Roman Catholic families, especially those in the Italian community. This was most likely because of the existence of several St. Vincents. The most famous is St. Vincent de Paul ― he was born into a poor peasant family in the French village of Pouy on April 24, 1581. His humble background didn’t deter him from fulfilling his passion; he spent his life preaching and providing relief to the poor. It sounds like Vincents have been making valuable contributions to the world.
In the U.S. Vincent comes in at number 208 among popular names and about 2,807,300 people in the world have this name ― this is about 0.039% of the population. Most Vincents are from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., and the U.S.
National Vincent Day timeline
Bishop Vincent of Kraków, also known as Wincenty Kadlubek, dies leaving a strong legacy that popularized the name, Vincent.
The U.S. records the highest number of baby boys given the name Vincents.
The top reported jobs for men and women named Vincent in the U.S. is laboring and housekeeping.
Over two million people all over the world are called Vincent.
National Vincent Day FAQs
What are variations of the name Vincent?
Vincent is a classic name with several variations such as Vin, Vince, Vincens, Vincente, Vincenz, Vincenzio, Vincenzo, Vincien, Vinicent, Vinnie, Vinny, Vinzenz, Wincenty, e.t.c.
Can a girl be named Vincent?
No, because Vincent is typically a male name. The feminine form of the name will be Vincentia, which means ‘prevailing.’
How are Vincent's personalities?
Vincents are loyal and work hard in their careers and life in general. They are polite, considerate, generous, affectionate, patient, understanding, loving, and forgiving.
National Vincent Day Activities
Send them a handmade Card
Send the Vincent you know a ‘Happy Name Day’ card. It takes little or no time and would be a pleasant surprise for them.
Honor the Saint
You can pay homage to the saint or martyr you or someone special to you is named after. Read a story or sing a song about the saint.
Treat your friends to a meal
Everyone loves a free meal. Thus, treat your friends to brunch today; I'm sure they’ll appreciate the gesture.
5 Famous Vincents In History
Vincent Willem van Gogh
He is the world's greatest post-impressionist artist.
He was a philanthropist who built well-known hotels after his dad passed away on the “Titanic,” leaving him the most personal fortune on earth.
Vincent Leonard Price
He was a brilliant American actor best known for his performances in horror films.
He served as Minister of State in de Gaulle's provisional government and president of France after World War II.
Vincent Anthony Vaughn
He is an American film actor that carved his way up to the very top of the movie industry.
Why We Love National Vincent Day
It’s like a second birthday
Everyone might shower you with gifts of endearment and affection to celebrate your name. Furthermore, no one asks you any questions about your age.
It helps us know our identity
Every name day is as good as any opportunity to educate yourself on your name. Find out why you were named so and what it means.
It upholds tradition
A name day is a feast day of the saint whose name you share. Observing the day is an excellent way to celebrate how important ‘Vincent’ is to us.
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