Meaning & History
Contracted form of PETRONEL
. In the later Middle Ages it became a slang term for a promiscuous woman, and the name subsequently fell out of use.
OTHER LANGUAGES: Petronia (Ancient Roman), Pernille (Danish), Petronella, Pietronella (Dutch), Pétronille (French), Petronella (German), Petronilla (Italian), Petronilla (Late Roman), Pernille (Norwegian), Petronela (Polish), Petronela (Romanian), Petronela, Nela (Slovak), Petronella, Pernilla (Swedish) |