Pronounced Pron. FEH-bro-NHE-ah (Spanish)
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Contributor Contrib.anonymous on 7/8/2008
Last Editor EditorFrollein Gladys on 8/21/2016
Possibly from Februa, Februalia or Februatio, different names for the same Roman purification festival which was held during the month of February. The festival and the month were both named for the Latin word februum "purging, purification", which was probably from a lost Sabine word itself descended from a reduplication of the Proto-Indo-European word *dhes-.Some sources connect the festival's name with febris "fever", due to the association of fevers with sweating (which was seen as attempts to purge disease and thus purify the body). However, this is likely folk etymology.As a personal name, Febronia was borne by Saint Febronia of Nisibis (284-305), a martyred virgin whose feast days are June 25 (in Roman Catholicism and Greek Orthodoxy), February 12 (in Eastern Orthodoxy), and July 8 (in Coptic Orthodoxy).