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

The name Pelagia is a girl's name of Greek origin meaning "the sea". Pelagia and is often added to lists like Movie Character Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Release the 20 C.O.B.R.A.S. -- the anti-elimination game! (Girls)".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Pelagia

Saint Pelagia of Tarsus, 3rd century Christian saint
Saint Pelagia of Antioch, 5th century Christian saint
Pelagia Teresa Majewska, Polish pilot and gliding instructor
Pelageya, b. 1986, Russian singer
Pelageya "Polina" Karpakova, Russian prima ballerina
Pelageya Shajn, 1894-1956, Russian astronomer
Pelagie Doane, 1906-66, American illustrator
Pélagie Gbaguidi, b. 1965, Beninese artist
Renée-Pélagie de Montreuil, 1741-1810, wife of the Marquis de Sade
Pelagea, YouTuber living in Germany who makes ASMR videos

Pop Culture References for the name Pelagia

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
Feminine form of Pelagios & Greek equivalent of the Latin name Marina; diminutives include Pela, Gia, Agi & Palasha/Pelasha
Pronunciation: can rhyme with Malaysia