Origin of the Name of Saint Philomena


The name Philomena (fee-lo-MAY-nah) is of Latin origin. The inscription on the original loculus tiles, is Filumena. The word filia is Latin for daughter. The word, lumena, is Latin for, light, lamp, lantern; light of day; the eye; clearness; understanding.

Thus the origin of the title “Daughter of Light.”

The Italian and Spanish translation is, Filomena, French is, Philomène and English is, Philomena.

There have been many variations of the name seen on devotional items produced over the past two hundred years with other variations of the name from around the world.



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