babylas M

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BâB ILANI > BāBILI > BABULṓN > BABYLōN
greek (Βαβύλας)

This name derives from the Ancient Greek “Babulṓn (Βᾰβῠλών)”, meaning “Babel, Babylon”. In turn the name derives from the Akkadian “Bâb Ilani > Bābili”, meaning “gate of god, gate of the gods”. Saint Babylas († 253) was a patriarch of Antioch (237–253), who died in prison during the Decian persecution. In the Eastern Orthodox Church and Eastern Catholic Churches of the Byzantine rite his feast day is September 4, in the Roman Catholic, January 24.

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