Epiphany Name Meaning & Origin

Epiphany

Pronunciation: eh-PI-fə-nee (key)

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My name is actually Epiphany and i was wondering if anyone else has this name too..??
i thought i was the only one in the world but idk..??????

My name is Epiphany as well :)

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The word epiphany originally referred to insight through the divine.910 Today, this concept is more often used without such connotations, but a popular implication remains that the epiphany is supernatural, as the discovery seems to come suddenly from the outside.9

The word's secular usage may owe much of its popularity to Irish novelist James Joyce. The Joycean epiphany has been defined as "a sudden spiritual manifestation, whether from some object, scene, event, or memorable phase of the mind — the manifestation being out of proportion to the significance or strictly logical relevance of whatever produces it."11 The author used epiphany as a literary device within each entry of his short story collection Dubliners (1914); his protagonists came to sudden recognitions that changed their view of themselves and/or their social conditions. Joyce had first expounded on epiphany's meaning in the fragment Stephen Hero, although this was only published posthumously in 1944. For the philosopher Emmanuel Lévinas, epiphany or a manifestation of the divine is seen in another's face (see face-to-face).

Flammarion engraving. From "L'atmosphère", book of 1888
In traditional and pre-modern cultures, initiation rites and mystery religions have served as vehicles of epiphany, as well as the arts. The Greek dramatists and poets would, in the ideal, induct the audience into states of catharsis or kenosis, respectively. In modern times an epiphany lies behind the title of William Burroughs' Naked Lunch, a drug-influenced state, as Burroughs explained, "a frozen moment when everyone sees what is at the end of the fork." Both the Dadaist Marcel Duchamp and the Pop Artist Andy Warhol would invert expectations by presenting commonplace objects or graphics as works of fine art (for example a urinal as a fountain), simply by presenting them in a way no one had thought to do before; the result was intended to induce an epiphany of "what art is" or is not.

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When I taught at an elementary school about five years back, there was a student there named Epiphany.

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From Greek, meaning "shining forth", or "manifestation". The word is used both for the Feast of the Epiphany (January 6) which commemorates the visit of the Wise Men to the infant Jesus, and to the church season which lasts from that date until the beginning of Lent.

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Australian television personality and author Gretel Killeen has a daughter named Epiphany.

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Epiphany Proudfoot, lead character in the 1987 film "Angel Heart", played by Lisa Bonet
Epiphany Jones, a mentioned, but not seen, character on an episode of "American Dad"

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