also Petronella, fem. proper name, a feminine diminutive of Latin Petronius. Also "the name of a saint much-invoked against fevers and regarded as a daughter of St. Peter. The name was accordingly regarded to be a derivative of Peter and became one of the most popular of girls' names, the vernacular Parnell being still used as a proper name as late as the 18th century in Cornwall" [Reaney].
"Our petronilla is a jewel, too," Willy Snyders interjected.
I know just how Im going to fix this room up for you, petronilla, Billy said, nodding his head mysteriously.
Nereus and Achilleus; also of petronilla, a member of the Aurelii family.
The stuff youve been buying, petronilla, Billy said, pointing to a big pile of boxes in the corner.
But I do not think you can imagine how pleased she looked when inside she read the printed dedication, To petronilla.
Tradition also informs us that Peter had a daughter whose name was petronilla.
petronilla is the name of a little girl in a fairy-tale that I read when I was a little boy, Billy answered.
petronilla, a nun of Lucania, had given way to the weakness of nature and the seducements of Agnellus, the son of a bishop.
petronilla de Meath was the first to suffer the extreme penalty.
One of them, petronilla of Meath, was made the scapegoat for her mistress.