Name Spotlight: Flaminia

flaminia

An Italian name that is linked to an aspect of ancient religion and, then, an ancient road.

ORIGIN, MEANING AND PRONUNCIATION

According to an entry on Behind the Name, which had gone through several revisions, this name is derived from Latin flāmen, a term referring to a priest serving of fifteen Roman gods¹ (the most honoured being Jupiter, Mars and Quirinus²). The Latin word may come from Proto-Indo-European *bʰlagʰ(s)men-, possibly related to *bʰlag- meaning “to hit,” as in Vedic ब्रह्मन् (bráhman) meaning “formulation, prayer.”²

In Italian, this name is pronounced flah-MEE-nyah (ah like ‘father’).

VIA FLAMINIA

This title refers to an ancient Roman road that started in Rome, headed north and ended up in the coastal city of Rimini (then called Ariminum)³. It was constructed in 220 BC by Gaius Flaminius Nepos during his time as a censor (an officer responsible for maintaining the census, supervising public morality and overseeing certain aspects of the finances of the government⁴)³. It was an important road over the ages, being the main route from Rome to the Adriatic, and still is, even though much of the ancient road is now overlain/parallel by SS3 (or SR3) in the Lazio and Umbria regions and SP3 in the Marche region³.

POPULARITY OF FLAMINIA

Flaminia is an uncommon name in Italy. According to NOMIX, there are around 3,042 people with this name with the most concentration in the Rome region, putting it in 872nd place in the common names section⁵.

In Rome, the only time it seemed to have been in the top 100 is 1981, but even then, it’s located at the bottom of the list at 99th place⁶.

Looking at the most recent statistics from ISTAT, Flaminia has been outside of the top 200 since data records began for the whole country in 1999 with the lowest point being 74 births in 2001 and the peak being 127 births in 2009⁷. On average, there would have been 102 Flaminias being born every year and in 2015, it is just a tiny bit above that level at 106 births⁷.

What do you think of Flaminia? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

Sources:
Behind the Name on Flaminia – http://www.behindthename.com/name/flaminia/submitted¹
Wiktionary on flamenhttps://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/flamen²
Wikipedia articles on:

NOMIX on Flaminia’s commonality – http://www.nomix.it/mappe-dei-nomi-italiani/FLAMINIA⁵
Caffarelli, E., 1996. L’onomastica personale nella città di Roma dalla fine del secolo XIX ad oggi: Per una nuova prospettiva di cronografia e sociografia antroponimica. 1st ed. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer Verlag GmbH & Co. KG. ⁶
ISTAT – http://www.istat.it/en/products/interactive-contents/baby-names⁷

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