Roman name, a diminutive
. In Acts in the New Testament Paul
lived with Priscilla (also known as Prisca) and her husband Aquila
in Corinth for a while. It has been used as an English given name since the Protestant Reformation
, being popular with the Puritans
. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow used it in his poem 'The Courtship of Miles Standish' (1858).