What does Philomena mean?
Philomena /phi-lom-e-na/ [4 sylls.] as a girls' 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.
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. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Philomena for girls. Philomena reached its peak position of #401 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Philomena and associated names. Filomena is the only other prominent varying form of Philomena. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.5615%) and are now much less widespread, with the versions Filomena and Philomena becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)