Gender: Female Meaning of Petronilla: "yokel" Origin of Petronilla: Roman and Italian feminine variation of Petronius

Petronilla Origin and Meaning

The name Petronilla is a girl's name of Italian, Latin origin meaning "yokel".

Petronilla is an ancient saint's name that relates to the Roman family name Petronius, thought to mean yokel, though some connect it with Petra or Peter, meaning stone. With the resurgence of so many ancient Roman names, the elaborate and pretty Petronilla or its French form Petronille seem more usable these days than they have in centuries.

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ambercat Says:


Sounds like either a brand of gas or a chain of gas stations.

orphanedhanyou Says:


petrol citronella?

canaryrose Says:


I love this name! It's a name that I would use for a character in a medieval setting, or maybe if I felt a bit adventurous, I would use it for a modern roleplay. I could see Petronilla being a name for a frilly princess, or maybe a bad-ass?

snowsbeloved Says:


I just can't get on board. Citronella, salmonella, Mayella from To Kill A Mockingbird, etc...I don't know why, but because they have the same ending and they're not attractive, it makes Petronilla/Petronella (and Prunella, for that matter) nonstarters :(

ElsaAnne Says:


A bit over the top, but still cute

Zelliew Says:


This sounds awkward

SimoneKadele Says:


Same but love the variation Perenelle!!

Catastroffy Says:


I see this name as being frillly but not pretty, although I love the meaning.