Filomena is a noun that comes from the Greek fileo which means “to love . ” Some experts trace its ending to the Greek melos that designates music or song, if so, its meaning would be “she who loves to sing.” However, the latter is not a unanimous opinion and its most widespread meaning is “very loved”.
The noun Filomena has been adopted in many languages and is used in different ways. Another similar word that has been part of mythology and that is almost homonymous is “Filomela” , thus the two words, or nouns, have been interchanged interchangeably and used for the same purposes.
Various uses of Filomena
- In ornithology and poetics Filomena, or Filomela is used to designate two different types of birds . It is generally associated with the nightingale for its beautiful song and its continuity. It is also used to refer to the bird called the dark mouse.
- In Greek mythology, Philomela especially, is used to speak of one of the daughters of King Athens . Its history is shrouded in sadness and drama and is used to reveal the origin of nightingales and other birds.
- For the Catholic Church Philomena is a young and holy martyr of the third century after Christ. It is thought that Saint Philomena was a 12 to 14 year old girl who suffered martyrdom at the hands of the Emperor of the time Septimius Severus. Its entire history stems from various archaeological finds given in the 19th century.
- Filomena is also the name given to the snowstorm that hit Spain in January 2021. The appearance of this storm, the strongest in the last 20 years, has been a challenge for the authorities and relief organizations and keeps on alert the European country.