National Justin Day is celebrated on October 8. It makes a toast to and honors all the Justins worldwide. The holiday is an excellent time for learning new things, mingling with family and friends, and realizing the uniqueness of each moment spent.
History of National Justin Day
Justin is a French, English, Slovenian, and Latin-derived masculine given name. It’s an anglicized version of the Latin name ‘Justinus,’ a derivative of ‘Justus,’ meaning ‘just,’ ‘fair,’ or ‘righteous.’ Justinus was the name of several early saints, including a 2nd century Christian apologist and a 3rd century boy martyr. Justin became popular as an English name in the latter half of the 20th century, especially in English-speaking countries like England, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. However, today, the name is popular in Bulgaria, Albania, Romania, Poland, Spain, Slovakia, etc.
The history of the name goes back 1,700 years to the 3rd century when a Roman historian named Junianus Justinus served in the court of the Roman emperors. However, he wasn’t the first Roman to be known as such. He was followed by Justin I, the Byzantine emperor from 518 to 527 A.D. Justin I ascended through the ranks of the army to become commander of the imperial guard. When emperor Anastasius died, Justin, although nearly 70 years old, outmaneuvered his opponents and was elected as the new emperor. His nephew, Justin II, took the throne after his death.
The popularity of the name Justin has been declining in the past few decades. However, it is still in the top 200 baby names in the U.S. despite its quick fall from stardom. It’s made even more popular by heartthrobs Justin Bieber and Justin Timberlake.
National Justin Day timeline
Justin I becomes emperor in 518 A.D., ushering in an age of prosperity.
Justin, the nephew of Justinus I, takes consulship.
Justin Timberlake, singer, songwriter, producer, actor, and all-around heartthrob is born.
Justin Beiber releases his hit song "Baby” which then becomes an instant hit.
National Justin Day FAQs
Is Justin a name from the Bible?
‘Justin’ is a variant of the biblical name ‘Justus’ from the New Testament.
Is Justin a popular name for boys?
According to the Social Security Administration, Justin’s popularity has dwindled over the past few decades.
What is Justin's female counterpart?
Justin’s female counterpart is ‘Justina’ or ‘Justine.’
National Justin Day Activities
Keep a name journal
Make a name day journal. You can jot down the names of the days on the journal and carry it with you or store it somewhere easily accessible.
Save your name day
Putting your name day on a digital calendar, such as Google Calendar or the Calendar app on your iPhone, will help you remember and commemorate it. You'll never forget your name day if you remember it this way.
Do something fun
Today's your chance if you've never tried skydiving or rock climbing. You could even try a painting class or swim with some dolphins.
5 Unique Facts About Justin
It’s a two-syllable name
Justin only has two syllables.
It’s the 216 most popular name
In the U.S., Justin is among the top 300 most popular given names.
The name is well-liked
There are 99 people named Justin for every 100,000 Americans.
It became popular in the 80s
In 1980, Justin became the most popular baby name in the U.S.
Lots of Justin's in the U.S.
According to the Social Security Administration's baby names database, there are 738,779 people named Justin in the U.S.
Why We Love National Justin Day
It nurtures our sense of self
A person's name is frequently linked to their family, culture, and heritage. National Justin Day allows people named Justin to experience the connections to their name — past or present.
It promotes self-reflection
The name Justin has a long history. On National Justin Day, we can look back at all the Justins who’ve gone by and learn how to leave our mark.
It leads to family bonding
Celebrations are a terrific way for your family and friends to bond with you. So, on National Justin Day, you can celebrate who you are with your family, creating memories to last a lifetime.
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