She is sweet, fruity and portable, with the possible nickname options of the avant-garde Apple or the more subtle, Polly, who couldn’t resist this pearl?
Appollonia is a feminine form of the Greek male name, Appollonios πολλωνιος , which means “belonging to Apollo.” It was a very common name in Ancient Greece and is fairly common in modern Greece.
Its feminine form, however, was borne by a legendary saint. St. Appollonia was an early Christian Greek martyr. According to tradition, she was a deaconess and when she left her Church she was approached by a gang looking to kill Christians. Before being killed, she was tortured by either having her teeth pulled out one by one or more likely, she took such a hard blow to the face from her attackers that her teeth were knocked out. She has been revered as the patron saint of dentists and invoked against tooth ache by both the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches.
There is evidence to suggest that Appollonia, or at least a form of it, was used in England before the Protestant Reformation. The cult of the saint was fairly popular in Medieval England, and though I cannot conclude that they are related for sure, I have found records of the female name Apelyn as early as the 15th-century in England. Another form of Appelin appears a few times in the mid 19th-century U.S. census records. Both Apelyn or Appelin may make interesting yet legitimate trendy alternatives to Adelyn or any name currently popular name ending in -lyn.
Appollonia is a common enough name in Greece and Southern Italy, many of you may be familiar with the name via The Godfather in which it is the name of the ill-fated Sicilian first wife of Michael Corleone.
As of 2010, its French form of Apolline was the 98th most popular female name in France. Its Polish offshoot of Pola ranked in as the 46th most popular female name in Poland in 2009. In this case, the name may be used in reference to its associations with the Polish noun, pole (field).
Another interesting Polish offshoot is Polonia, which is rare in Poland these days but might make an interesting choice for Polish-American parents who want to honour their heritage as polonia is a term used to describe the Polish diaspora in the United States. She may be the Polish-American answer to the Irish-American, Erin.
Then there is the lovely Czech variant of Apolena, which would make an interesting alternative to Elena or Magdalena.
Other forms of the name include:
- Apollonia Απολλωνια (Albanian/Dutch/German/Greek/Italian/Romanian/Romansch/Scandinavian)
- Ap(p)olonija Аполлония (Bulgarian/Croatian/Macedonian/Polish/Russian/Serbian/Slovene)
- Apol·lònia (Catalan)
- Abelone (Danish)
- Lone (Danish)
- Apolline (French)
- Apollonie (French)
- Pollonie (French)
- Abelena (German)
- Appolonia (German)
- Apol (Hungarian)
- Apolka (Hungarian)
- Apollinária (Hungarian)
- Apollónia (Hungarian)
- Pólika (Hungarian)
- Polina Полина (Hungarian/Russian/Ukrainian)
- Polla (Hungarian)
- Apollònia (Occitanian)
- Apolinaria (Polish)
- Apolla (Polish)
- Apollina (Polish)
- Apollona (Polish)
- Apolonia (Polish/Serbian/Spanish)
- Pola (Polish)
- Polonia (Polish)
- Apolônia (Portuguese: Brazilian)
- Apolónia (Portuguese: European)
- Balugna (Romansch)
- Paluongia (Romansch)
- Apollinárija Аполлина́рия (Russian)
- Apolónia (Slovak)
- Apoliena (Slovak: ah-poh-LYEH-nah)
- Polona (Slovene)
Polish diminutives include: Pola, Polka, Polunia, Polusia, Polonka, Połonka, Lonia
Appollonia is also the name of several ancient cities throughout the former Greek colonies.
Masculine forms include:
- Apollinarij/Apollinary Аполлинарий (Bulgarian/Russian)
- Apol-loni (Catalan)
- Apolinár (Czech)
- Appollonius (Dutch/Latin/Romansch)
- Apollinaire (French)
- Apolonio (Galician/Spanish)
- Apollinaris Απολλιναρις (Greek/Romansch)
- Apollonios Απολλωνιος (Greek)
- Apollóniosz (Hungarian)
- Apollinare (Italian)
- Appollonio (Italian)
- Apolinary (Polish)
- Apoloniusz (Polish)
- Apolinário (Portuguese)
- Apolônio (Portuguese: Brazilian)
- Apolónio (Portuguese: European)
- Apollinar (Romansch/Spanish)
- Apollinari (Romansch)
- Balun (Romansch)