National Saul Day is observed on February 26. Saul is a Hebrew name for boys that means “prayed for.” This quiet, fitting name was borne by one of Israel’s greatest kings, as well as Saint Paul prior to his conversion to Christianity.
Recently, the name Saul, which would suit a long-awaited child, has been associated with the renowned author Saul Bellow. And Saul is the name of the main character in the popular American television series “Better Call Saul” and a character in a poem by John Dryden.
The background of National Saul Day
Saul (Hebrew: Shaul, meaning “requested”) was the name of a king of Israel whose story is recounted in the first book of Samuel. Saul’s reign was turbulent despite his success in uniting Israel and his military prowess. His downfall was the result of a long-running feud with the young David, who ultimately succeeded him.
Perhaps as a result of this, the given name was not as popular in antiquity as it is today. Its popularity as a Christian name was further hampered by the fact that it was St. Paul’s former name, which he used while persecuting Christians and then abandoned after converting to Christianity.
Between the years 1840 and 1920, the surname Saul was prevalent in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Scotland. The United States had the greatest number of Saul families in 1880. In 1891, there were also approximately 378 Saul families in Lancashire. This represented nearly 26% of all Sauls documented in the United Kingdom.
Between 1946 and 2004, the life expectancy of Sauls in the United States fluctuated, reaching its lowest point in 1953 and its highest point in 1999. In 1946, the average life expectancy was 69, but by 2004 it had increased to 76.
By contemporary naming standards, the name Saul is so archaic and uncommon that it has become fashionable. If you’re looking for a unique name with a bit of edge, Saul could be the right choice. It is also important to note that some Sauls born after the infamous Hebrew king have redeemed their predecessor’s wrongdoings admirably.
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NATIONAL SAUL DAY ACTIVITIES
Publish to social media
Name days are occasions for introspection and self-love. As you celebrate, share amusing posts about your name, its meaning, and its history.
Use the proper
Saul is still a relatively uncommon name and would make an excellent selection. Name your newborn child or perhaps a furry companion Saul.
Host a birthday bash.
Throw a party with your friends and discuss the meanings of your names. Find people with the same name as you to double the fun.
5 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT PEOPLE NAMED SAUL
The Canadian-American author Saul Bellow was formerly known as Solomon Bellows.
Saul Bellow was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976.
Saul Hudson is the birth name of Slash, the lead guitarist of Guns N’ Roses.
Saul Perlmutter was awarded the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Saul Aaron Kripke was awarded the Schock Prize in Logic and Philosophy in 2001.
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