Meaning and name origin
Philomena \ph(i)-lome-na, phil(o)-mena\ as a girl's name is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Philomena is "powerful love". Name of a popularly-worshipped 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.
Philomena is a very popular first name for females (#1288 out of 4276, Top 30%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Philomena for girls. Philomena reached its highest rank of #401 in the U.S. in 1910-1919 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Philomena and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Philomena and Filomena. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).