Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Apollonia


"Saint Apollonia" by James C. Christensen



Gender: feminine
Pronunciation: ah-poh-LOHN-ee-yah, AHP-lone-ee-ah

Apollonia is the feminine form of Apollonios, which comes from an ancient Greek name derived from Apollo, a name of unknown meaning, probably related to the Indo European apelo "strengh". The Greeks often associated Apollo's name with the Greek verb apollymi meaning "to destroy".

This is the name of an early Christian saint and martyr, who, according to legend, her torture consisted of having her teeth pulled out or shattered, which is why she is regarded as the patroness of dentistry and those suffering from toothache or other dental problems.


   Related names:

Abelone - Danish (f)
Apolena - Czech, Slovak (f)
Apolline - French (f)
Apollon - Greek (m)
Apolónia - Portuguese (f)
Apolônia - Brazilian Portuguese (f)
Apolonia - Polish (f)
Apolonija - Slovene (f)

Name days:

Hungary: July 7

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