Monday, March 30, 2015

Romilly

Romilly is a French place name and English surname. Ultimately the French form of this unisex name derives from the Latin name Romulus, meaning "of Rome," while an English meaning derives from English rūm lēah, meaning "spacious wood clearing (meadow)."

The title Baron Romilly was created in 1866 for Sir John Romilly of French Huguenot descent. The title ended in 1983 with no heirs left to hold the name. Lately Romilly has been picking up interest as a modern girl's name, especially with potential nicknames Romy and Milly. However, Romilly is so rare that it has only been given to 7 girls starting in 2013.

Jaqueline de Romilly was a very interesting woman. She was a French scholar who was suspended from teaching during the Occupation of France because of her Jewish ancestry. Later she became the first woman elected into the College de France, being especially gifted with Greek, Latin and philosophy. Then she became the second woman to enter Académie française. Before her death in 2010, de Romilly earned more than 20 different honors and awards.

Other real life namesakes include Samuel Romilly, a British legal reformer, blogger Romilly Newman, journalist Romilly Weeks and photographer Romilly Lockyer.

Most recently there is a character named Romilly (presumably his last name) in the 2014 film Interstellar.

Visit this site for more research on families with people named Romilly, surname and first name.

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