Origin of the name GORDIANA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name GORDIANA.
A feminine form of Roman Gordianus
(q.v.), meaning "of Gordius."
It could also mean "from Gordium," a town in Phrygia, named
after Gordius. (Etymological and Pronouncing Dictionary of the English
Language, Stormonth, 1879)
Tarsilla, Gordiana and Emiliana:
Gregory says that his father had three sisters who
wished to be in religion. The eldest was named Tarsilla, the
second Gordiana and the youngest Emiliana, who was held to be
fair. A bishop gave them their nun's garb and taught them how to
lead a holy life. They dwelt together in their own house.
Tarsilla and Emiliana served God faithfully, but Gordiana became an evil
woman. She loved to walk in the streets, to play and to sing, but
she thought it wearisome to talk of holy things. Her sisters were
made sorrowful on her account and reproved her, but to no purpose.
She gave all her life to pleasure and longed to marry. After many
years God wished to take Tarsilla from the woe of the world and in her
sleep sent Felix, who had been Pope in his lifetime, to warn her.
Soon after she died. Thereafter she appeared to Emiliana calling
her to heaven. When both her sisters were dead, Gordiana stood in
awe of no one and took a husband, thus breaking her covenant with God. (North-English
Homily Collection, Gerould, 1902)