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What does Philomena mean?

Philomena Pronunciation of Philomena [philom-e-na] as a girls' name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Philomena is "powerful love". Name of a popular saint who is supposedly a virgin martyr. Her cult was based on a set of bones discovered in Rome in 1802, but in 1961, archaeologists disproved the claim, and her veneration was forbidden by Rome.

Associated with: greek, powerful, virgin.


Philomena has 6 variants: Filimena, Filomena, Filomene, Filumena, Philomene and Philomina.

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Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Philomena?

Philomena is a very popular first name for females (#1288 out of 4276, Top 30%) but a rare surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Philomena reached its peak position of #384 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Philomena name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Philomena outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Philomene and Filomena are the prominent varying forms of Philomena. These relations of Philomena were favored as birth names during the years 1910-1919 (average #919), but now, versions such as Filomena have become somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Philomena, Filomena, Philomene in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Philomena and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Abilena, Almena, Ceilena, Cholena, Eilena, Eilona, Elmena, Jimena, Miladena, Mileena, Milena, Palloma, Palmeda, Paloma, Palometa (see Paloma), Palomita, Peloma, Phila, Philana, Philantha, Philberta, Philena, Philene, Philia, Philiberta, Philicia, Philina, Philipa, Philippa, Philippina, Phillane, Phillida, Phillie, Phillina, Philline, Phillipa, Phillipina, Phillira (see Philyra), Phillothea (see Philothea), Phillyda (see Phillida), Phillyra (see Philyra), Philomela, Philomella, Philopena, Philothea, Philotheia, Philyra, Pomona, Primina, Rhowena, Shaleena, Shalena, Shimona, Shiona, Willmina (see Wilhelmina), Wilmina, Wilona, Winoena (see Winona) and Ximena. These names tend to be less frequently used than Philomena.

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