Blandina, Blandine

St. Blandine

St. Blandine

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “charming; flattering; friendly”

Both names come from an early Roman name, a feminine form of Blandinus, which is a derivative of the cognomen, Blandus, meaning “charming; flattering” or “friendly” in Latin.

The name was popularized, in France, in the form of Blandine.

It was the name of an early Christian martyr who had been killed in Lyons in the first-century C.E.

According to legend, she was a slave and Christian of frail health and when an edict against Christians in the area was produced, she and her master were tried and executed.

Allegedly, Blandina was tied to a stake in the local arena where wild animals were set loose upon her, the animals did not harm her, afterwards, she was scourged, placed on a burning grate and then thrown before a wild bull. She still didn’t die. She was finally executed with a dagger.

In France the name-day is June 2nd, while in Germany it is October 22.

The name has also had some usage in Italy , Spanish-speaking countries and in the Romantsch speaking cantons of Switzerland.

The Polish forms are Blandyna and the masculine, but very unusual form, of Blandyn.

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