Names of the Week: Romulus and Floriane

Floriane Pugin, from downhillfantasy.com

I’m not exactly sure why I decided to cover these two names specifically this week, but hey ho, that’s just how we roll. I did, however, specifically try and choose names to cover which I’m mostly indifferent about, given that I’ve covered several favourites over the past few weeks. That’s not to say that these aren’t great name, I’ll surely be singing their praises once I’ve finished writing this post anyhow.

In the interests of truthfulness, I have mentioned Romulus beforehand in a post about my favourite names ending with the letter s. In all fairness, I quite like the name Remus and opted to mention Romulus with him given that they almost go hand in hand.

Romulus is slightly obscure in that most have likely never seen him used on an actual person, but no doubt that many are familiar with his associated tale. He comes from Roman legend, where he was the twin brother of Remus. Together they founded the city of Rome, but had a dispute about where it should lie; Romulus wished for it to be built on the Palatine Hill, whilst Remus preferred the Aventine Hill. As a result of these disputes, Remus was killed. Romulus went on to found the city, and named it after himself.

The Latin name for the city is Roma, which is sometimes found as a female name. She’s not to be confused with Rona, a name borne by two Scottish islands. The Italian form of Romulus is Romolo, and the feminine form thus Romola. It is also believed that the name Romeo may be an Italian derivation of Rome.

It is worth mentioned here that there are a few Rom- names which remain unrelated to Romulus, but may be mistaken for being so:

Romilly, a French place name of uncertain origins

Romilda, derived from Ragnhild, which means famed battle

However, there are several more names which derive from the name Roman, a name itself that originates as meaning a citizen of Rome, these names therefore are linked to Romulus. Aside from Roman, there is:

Romaine, french feminine form of Roman.

Romana, feminine form of Roman.

Romano, italian version of Roman.

Romany, poetic name for the Roman Empire.

Another name I would like to briefly mention is the name of an obscure saint we’ve mentioned once before: Romlua. She came from near Rome, so most take her name to derive from the name of the city, or indeed Romulus himself.

Moving on to our female name, I’ve recently met a young French girl by the name of Floriane, and it certainly struck me, although I’m yet to really be won over by her. If I’m honest, I’m not particularly enthralled by the name Florence either, pretty though she may be.

Whilst Florence ranked at #54 in England&Wales in 2010, Floriane did not rank at all. However, there were a few other Flo- names which did make it into the data:

Flora – #409

derived from the Latin flos, which means flower. The name of the Roman Goddess of flowers.

Florrie – #1180

a common nickname for Florence.

Florie – #3156

an alternate spelling of Florrie.

Florance – #4012

an alternate spelling of Florence.

Florentina – #5707

female form of Florentinus, which means belonging to Florens.

Flores – #5707

more often seen as a Spanish surname, it means flowers.

Floryn – #5707

likely an alternate spelling of Floren; in Latin florens meaning blossoming.

Other similar flower-meaning names include Fleur, the French word for flower and one which ranked at #499 in 2010.

The name Floriane itself is no doubt a feminised form of the name Florian – a popular male name in France. It derives from the Roman named Florus, which itself comes from the Latin flos, meaning flower. It can alternately be spelling either Florianne or Florienne.

One noted bearer of the name is Floriane Pugin, a French mountain biker who has enjoyed reasonable success in her discipline.

So, there you have it, two names I’ve yet to really decide my opinion on. I would like to say that I really like them both, but that would be a tad too dishonest for me. Feel free to make up your own minds about these two.

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2 thoughts on “Names of the Week: Romulus and Floriane

  1. They’re very flamboyant and European sounding; there is something I like about Floriane, but it seems almost like a fictional character’s name.

    As Florence and Rome-type names are getting more common now (I have seen two children named Rome in the past month), Romulus and Floriane might work for someone determined to be in the vanguard.

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  2. Pingback: Weekend Post: Florence&Friends « Mer de Noms

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