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From Latin Filumena, evidently from Ancient Greek Φιλομήνη ‎(Philomḗnē). Name of an alleged early martyr whose remains were discovered in 1802 in Rome.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. A female given name.
    • 1984 Maeve Binchy, The Lilac Bus, Delacorte Press 1991, ISBN 0385304943, page 136:
      "Why DID St Philomena get crossed off, I wonder?" asked Celia.
      "I don't know, maybe they found her out," Tom grinned. "I know my sister Phil was very annoyed at the time, she felt it was an attack of some sort."
      "Oh yes, Phil, that would be her name. - - -