Pomeline, Poméline

Gender: Feminine
Origin: French
Meaning: “apple”
Pronunciation (POM-eh-LEEN; po-MAY-leen)

September and October are apple season. Hence is why I decided to revisit this post.

An obscure French name that had made it to the limelight thanks to Charlotte Casiraghi, the daughter of Princess Caroline of Monaco. Charlotte was supposedly named after a distance ancestor from the Middle Ages, a minor Italian or Genovese princess by the name of Pomellina. The name is thought to be derived from the Italian word pomella which is derived from the Italian word poma meaning “apple.” The name was also borne by

 

  • Pomellina Adorno, the daughter of the duc of Genoa (1355-1410)
  • Pomellina Amandola ( circ. 15th-16th cent)
  • Pomellina Campo Fregoso (1387/88-1462/68), the wife of John I Grimaldi and mother of Catalan Grimaldi the ancestor of Princess Charlotte of Monaco.

The name was adapted into the French Pomelline and evolved into the more modern form of Poméline.

Another French form is Pommeline.

There is also the obscure French name of Pomme, which is also the French word for apple. Pomme was borne by an early French saint, originally spelled Pome.

This is a far less risky choice than the name Apple.

Nicknames include: Apple, Pomme (PUM), Plum and Poppy, Melli, or even Pomé (poe-MAY).

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