Pronounced Pron. fil-a-NELL-a (Late Greek)
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Contributor Contrib.ZenaisPhilonilla on 11/22/2014
Variant form of Philonilla, which is the name of a saint from the first century AD. The name Philonella is also used in reference to the saint (usually in sources that ultimately take their information from Latin texts rather than Greek texts), which has led people in at least the English-speaking world to use the two names interchangeably.