"citizen of Rome"

Romilly Origin and Meaning

The name Romilly is a girl's name of French, English origin meaning "citizen of Rome".

Originally a surname deriving from the Roman twin Romulus, this attractive name was introduced to the English-speaking world as a first name by painter Augustus John who used it for his son. Romilly John became Admiral of the Fleet in England.

A French surname from the twelfth century on, it's more recently been heard as a girls' name. Emma Thompson, for example, used Romilly as her daughter Gaia's middle name. And Romilly was used in the US last year for a dozen baby girls.

The logical nicknames would be Romy or Milly, both very much in style.

# 139 on Nameberry

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Romilly Popularity

Famous People Named Romilly

  • Romilly Saran WeeksBritish television journalist
  • Gaia Romilly Wise (b. 1999)daughter of actress Emma Thompson

Romilly in Pop Culture

  • RomillyVale of Glamorgan, Wales