Romilly Meaning and Origin

Romilly is a unisex name of English, French origin meaning citizen of Rome. It was originally a surname, which derived from the name of a village in Normandy, France. The village’s name, Roumilly, is believed to have been derived from the Latin name for Rome, “Roma”. In the 19th century, Romilly became a popular given name in England, particularly among the upper classes. It was often given to boys as a way of honoring the British politician and legal reformer Sir Samuel Romilly, who was famous for his work in promoting legal reform and social justice. Romilly is still used as a first name for both boys and girls, although it is more commonly given to girls in modern times. It remains a relatively uncommon name, which may appeal to parents looking for something distinctive and unusual for their child. Some famous people with the name Romilly include Romilly John, a British actor, and Romilly Weeks, a British journalist and news presenter.

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