Usage: Philomena is a popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Philomena are in general originating from Germany, Greece, United Kingdom, United States of America.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 3.
The name Philomena is ranked on the 8,210ᵗʰ position of the most used names. It means that this name is commonly used.
We estimate that there are at least 14900 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.001% of the population.
The name Philomena has nine characters. It means that it is relatively long-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Philomena for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
English and German: from the name of an obscure saint (probably of the 3rd century) with a local cult in Italy. In 1527 the bones of a young woman were discovered under the church altar at San Severino near Ancona, together with a Latin inscription declaring them to be the body of St Filomena. Her name seems to be a feminine form of Latin Philomenus, from Greek Philomenēs, composed of the elements philein to love + menos strength. The name became popular in the 19th century, as a result of the supposed discovery in 1802 of the relics of another St Philomena in the catacombs at Rome. All the excitement, however, resulted from the misinterpretation of the Latin inscription Filumena pax tecum ‘peace be with you, beloved’ (from Greek philoumena beloved).
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