Philomena: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Philomena
Origin of the name Philomena:
Derived from the Greek Philomenēs (lover of strength), a name composed from the elements phelein (to love) and menos (strength). The name Philomena was borne by a young 3rd-century Italian martyr whose bones were found in the catacomb of Priscilla in Rome in 1802. A cult rose up around her in the 19th century, but 20th-century scholars decided the remains were not those of the Philomena in the inscription and technology found no evidence she was martyred. in 1961, her feast day was discontinued and her shrine dismantled.
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The name is unusual and sophisticated. Sounds like a smart girl.
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All Philomenas are graced with beauty and intelligence...a gift from St. Philomena!
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Mila, Elena, Ella, Elle, Emily, Ellie, Mia, Mena, Mina, Pip, Pippa, Lola, Polly, Mimi, Faline, Emmy, Lena, Molly, Paloma, Pia
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Actually, Philomena comes from the Greek philomênê, which means "loved", it's the past participle of the verb philein, meaning "to love". The meaning "lover of strength" is often given, but is incorrect.
Also, from the Latin, it means "Daughter of the Light"
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Imelda Mary Philomena Bernadette Staunton, OBE, actress
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The famous poem in which Henry Wadsworth Longfellow coins the term "lady with the lamp."
Saint Philomena is a patron of the sick.
Whene'er a noble deed is wrought,
Whene'er is spoken a noble thought,
Our hearts, in glad surprise,
To higher levels rise.
The tidal wave of deeper souls
Into our inmost being rolls,
And lifts us unawares
Out of all meaner cares.
Honor to those whose words or deeds
Thus help us in our daily needs,
And by their overflow
Raise us from what is low!
Thus thought I, as by night I read
Of the great army of the dead,
The trenches cold and damp,
The starved and frozen camp,--
The wounded from the battle-plain,
In dreary hospitals of pain,
The cheerless corridors,
The cold and stony floors.
Lo! in that house of misery
A lady with a lamp I see
Pass through the glimmering gloom,
And flit from room to room.
And slow, as in a dream of bliss,
The speechless sufferer turns to kiss
Her shadow, as it falls
Upon the darkening walls.
As if a door in heaven should be
Opened and then closed suddenly,
The vision came and went,
The light shone and was spent.
On England's annals, through the long
Hereafter of her speech and song,
That light its rays shall cast
From portals of the past.
A Lady with a Lamp shall stand
In the great history of the land,
A noble type of good,
Nor even shall be wanting here
The palm, the lily, and the spear,
The symbols that of yore
Saint Filomena bore.