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Gender: F Meaning of Pelagia: "the sea" Origin of Pelagia: Greek

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The name of several early saints, including one, Pelagia the Penitent, a beautiful and licentious dancing girl who repented, then, disguised as a man, spent the rest of her life living alone in a cave on the Mount of Olives. Because of her early vocation, she is the patron saint of actresses.

Famous People Named Pelagia

Pelageya, b. 1986, Russian singer
Pelageya Shajn, 1894-1956, Russian astronomer
Pelagie Doane, 1906-66, American illustrator
Renée-Pélagie de Montreuil, 1741-1810, wife of the Marquis de Sade

Pop Culture References for the Name Pelagia

Feminine form of Pelagios
Greek equivalent of the Latin name Marina
Pelagia, main character in Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Pelagia, character in Hypatia (1853) by Charles Kingsley
Sister Pelagia, crime-solving Russian Orthodox nun in a mystery trilogy by Boris Akunin
Diminutives include Pela, Gia, Agi & Palasha/Pelasha