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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].

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  • "Our petronilla is a jewel, too," Willy Snyders interjected.

    Atlantis Gerhart Hauptmann
  • I know just how Im going to fix this room up for you, petronilla, Billy said, nodding his head mysteriously.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • Nereus and Achilleus; also of petronilla, a member of the Aurelii family.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • The stuff youve been buying, petronilla, Billy said, pointing to a big pile of boxes in the corner.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • But I do not think you can imagine how pleased she looked when inside she read the printed dedication, To petronilla.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • Tradition also informs us that Peter had a daughter whose name was petronilla.

    Women of Early Christianity Alfred Brittain
  • petronilla is the name of a little girl in a fairy-tale that I read when I was a little boy, Billy answered.

    Maida's Little Shop Inez Haynes Irwin
  • petronilla, a nun of Lucania, had given way to the weakness of nature and the seducements of Agnellus, the son of a bishop.

    Women of Early Christianity Alfred Brittain
  • petronilla de Meath was the first to suffer the extreme penalty.

  • One of them, petronilla of Meath, was made the scapegoat for her mistress.

    Irish Witchcraft and Demonology St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour

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