James the Greater

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Saint James the Greater

Feast day: July 25th.

The name comes from Hebrew and means ‘to firmly hold the heel’ (Jacob, at birth, held his twin brother Esau by the heel.)

James the Great was the brother of the apostle and evangelist John. Their parents were Zebedee and Salome, so they are also called the sons of Zebedee, James and John. Jesus gave them the nickname Boanerges – sons of thunder. He was the first of the apostles to die a martyr’s death. Herod Agrippa had him arrested, flogged, and beheaded with a sword.

Patron saint of: pharmacists, millers, hatmakers, soldiers, druggists, candlemakers, laborers, pilgrims, Spain and Chile, for weather, apples, and agricultural crops, protects against arthritis and rheumatism.

Name variations: Diego, Diogo, Hamish, Iacomus, Jack, Jacob, Jaemes, Jaemie, Jaemy, Jaime, Jaimes, Jaimie, Jaka, Jake, Jakob, Jame, Jameson, Jamesy, Jamey, Jameyel, Jameze, Jami, Jamia, Jamiah, Jamian, Jamie, Jamiee, Jamiesen, Jamieson, Jamme, Jammey, Jammie, Jammy, Jamy, Jamye, Jamze, Jan, Jay, Jaymes, Jaymie, Jim, Jimbo, Jimmie, Jimmy, Santiago, Séamus, Seumas, Seumas, Shamus, Sheamus, Tiago