Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Pomeline & Pomellina

Charlotte Marie Pomeline Casiraghi

Today's name: Pomeline (female)
Alternate spelling: Pommeline, Pomelline, Pomellina, Pomelina, Pommelina

Potential nicknames: Pom, Pomme, Pommie, Polly, Poppy, Mellie, Ellie, Elle, Lina, Meline, Melina, Millie, Apple, Plum, Mila, Mina

Pronounciation: POM-uh-leen, occasionally po-MAY-leen

Origin: 1400s aristocrat Pomellina Campo Fregoso may have influenced the French version of the name, Pomeline. She is the ancestor and inspiration behind Princess Caroline of Monaco's daughter, Charlotte Marie Pomeline (Charlotte Casiraghi). There have been other Pomellina's noted in Genoa from the 1300s into the 1500s. Before this, Pomeline and Pomellina's origins are unclear. The name could come from Saint Poma/Pome who is no longer acknowledged, the Roman goddess of fruit, Pomona, pomella (from certain Italian dialects) meaning apple, the word pomme, which means apple in French, or the Latin word pomum, referring to fruits. The best guess is a mixture of all of these -- the meaning is "fruit," whether an apple, or fruit in general.

Popularity: Pomeline has never reached the top 1000 on the Social Security Administration's popularity chart, although it has been given to baby girls very rarely, and no baby girls were named Pomeline or Pomellina in 2010 or 2011. It has been used sparingly in France.

Fun fact: September and October are all things apple -- apple picking, apple cider, candy apples, etc., so why not use this seasonal name?


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