What does Philomena mean?
Philomena /phi-lom-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.
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 relations of Philomena were favored as birth names during the years 1900-1909 (average #438) and are now much less conventional, with the versions Filomena and Philomena becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Recommended similar baby names are Palometa, Philana, Philena, Philene, Philina, Phillina, Philomela, Philomella, Philopena, Philothea and Philotheia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Philomena.