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There is a new series on PBS Masterpiece titled The Miniaturist. It takes place in Amsterdam in probably the 17th Century. The protagonist is named Petronella. Nella for short. Petronella is an interesting name. Not unappealing.
― Anonymous User  9/17/2018
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Also used in Hungary. Pronounced: PET-ro-nel-law.
HerculePoirot  8/26/2016
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I've liked this ever since being cast as Petronella Van Damme in an 8th-grade production of The Diary of Anne Frank (the only time I've ever heard it, honestly)... even if it does seem like a portmanteau of "petroleum" and "citronella." XD It's still an attractive, strong, elegant name.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  4/25/2015
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Auguste van Pels was referred to as Petronella van Daan in the published version of The Diary of a Young Girl.
AnastasiaE  8/27/2013
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This name is alright, really, when I think about it, but it does sound a bit overly-feminine, and just a bit flouncy, but Nella is an ok nickname. I suppose. :)
walesgal92  1/16/2010
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In The Netherlands Petronella is more a baptismal name than a given name.
Kaat5  10/5/2009
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Reminds me of citronella candles.
-Julia-  9/10/2009
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The German pronunciation is pe-tro-NE-lah. [noted -ed]
mafiosa  8/7/2009
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British journalist and author Petronella Wyatt, born 1969.
Jonquil  4/25/2009
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Such an over-the-top, kitschy name.
slight night shiver  5/2/2008
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Petronella Barker is the name of a Norwegian actress born in London. She has acted in several plays and films for the past 20 years in Scandinavia.
blessed-bee  1/9/2008
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Petronella is a character in Malcom Saville's Lone Pine Club. She is David's girlfriend.
LilyNell  10/18/2007
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Pella and Nella are nice nicknames.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2007
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This was the name of the younger sister of Eleanor of Aquitane.
echo_of_the_past  8/1/2006
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I've seen this name used for one of Cinderella's sisters in some versions of the fairy tale, Cinderella.
kanine  2/5/2006
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Yes, this is the name of one of Cinderella's evil step sisters in the Swedish version of Disney's Cinderella. That has put me off this name, I hated Petronella with a passion growing up. ;)
Tango  2/17/2007

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