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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun E*piph"a*ny
  1. An appearance, or a becoming manifest."Whom but just before they beheld transfigured and in a glorious epiphany upon the mount." [Jer. Taylor.]"An epic poet, if ever such a difficult birth should make its epiphany in Paris." [De Quincey.]
  2. [Eccl] A church festival celebrated on the 6th of January, the twelfth day after Christmas, in commemoration of the visit of the Magi of the East to Bethlehem, to see and worship the child Jesus; or, as others maintain, to commemorate the appearance of the star to the Magi, symbolizing the manifestation of Christ to the Gentles; Twelfthtide.

Etymology: F. épiphanie, L. epiphania, Gr. 'epifa`niasc. �), for 'epifa`neia appearance, fr. 'epifai`nein to show forth; 'epi` + fai`nein to show. See Fancy

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  1. A divine manifestation
  2. Twelve days after Christmas; celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the infant Jesus

From Old French epyphanie, from Late Latin epiphania, from Ancient Greek ἐπιφάνεια (epipháneia, “manifestation, striking appearance”), from ἐπιφαίνω (epiphaínō, “I appear, display”), from ἐπί (epí, “upon”) + φαίνω (phaínō, “I shine, appear”). English Epiphany (of Christ) since the 14th century, generic use since the 17th century.

  1. A manifestation or appearance of a divine or superhuman being.
  2. An illuminating realization or discovery, often resulting in a personal feeling of elation, awe, or wonder.
  3. (Christianity) Season or time of the Christian church year from the Epiphany feast day to Mardi Gras (Shrove Tuesday), the day before Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent (See Epiphany).

Notable Persons Named Epiphany

Notable Persons Named Epiphany

Epiphany Shanov

Epiphany Shanov was an apostolic vicar and apostolic vicariate. Epiphany was given the name Boncho Shanov on October 18th, 1849 in Kazanlak. He breathed his last breath in 1940.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Epiphany

Notable Persons With the Last Name Epiphany

Master of the Fiesole Epiphany

Master was born in 1500. He died in 1496.


Fun Facts about the name Epiphany

  • How Popular is the name Epiphany? Epiphany is the 13,339th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Epiphany have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 726 babies born with the first name Epiphany in the United States. That's more than enough people named Epiphany to occupy the territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) with an estimated population of 605 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Epiphany? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1987 when it was given as a first name to 15 new born babies.
  • When was Epiphany first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Epiphany is Tuesday, July 19th, 1904.
  • What year had the most people named Epiphany born? The highest recorded use of the first name Epiphany was in 1988 with a total of 55 babies.
  • Random Epiphany Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Epiphany is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Texas have the same name in 1988.
  • Weird things about the name Epiphany: The name spelled backwards is Ynahpipe. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Apyehipn. How do you pronounce that?
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