Kate Monk's Onomastikon

(Dictionary of Names)

Sickness and Health

Patron saints of diseases may have overcome that particular sickness or helped others who suffered from it. There may also have been cases of unexplained cures for a disease when people prayed at a saint's shrine.

Abdominal pains Erasmus (Elmo)
Blindness Cosmas and Damian
Blood donors Our Lady of the Thorns
Breastfeeding Basilissa the Martyr
Cancer Peregrine Laziosi
Chilblains Basilissa the Martyr
Contagious diseases Sebastian
Epilepsy Dympna
Fever Genevieve
Headaches Denis, Bishop of Paris
Hernias Cathal (Catald)
Hoarseness Bernardino of Siena
Hydrophobia (Rabies) Hubert, Ubald of Gubbio
Lameness Giles
Mental Illness Dympna
Plague Cathal (Catald)
Skin diseases Marculf
Spas John the Baptist
Toothache Apollonia
Venereal diseases Fiacre
Women in labour Anne

This collection of names was compiled by Kate Monk and is ©1997, Kate Monk.

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