Origin of the name PELAGIA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name PELAGIA.
PELAGIA (Πελαγία). The
form of Greek Pelagios
(q.v.), meaning "of the
sea." (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).
BONIFACIUS, a Roman
general, tribunus, and comes in the province of Africa under Valentinian
III. In the early part of his career he was distinguished for his
prompt administration of justice, and also for his activity against the
barbarians, as at Massilia in A.D. 413 against the Gothic king Ataulphus,
and in 422 against the Vandals in Spain. Hi high character
procured for him the friendship of Augustin, whom he consulted with
regard to enforcing the imperial laws against the Donatists, and to
scruples which he entertained against continuing military pursuits, and
(on the death of his wife) even against remaining in the world at
all. These scruples Augustin wisely allayed, only recommending to
him resolutions, which he adopted, of confining himself to defensive
warfare against the barbarians, and of leading a single life.
The abandonment of this last resolution, in his
second marriage with a rich Arian lady of the name Pelagia, seems
to have exercised a pernicious influence over his general
character. Although he so far maintained his own religious
convictions as to insist on the previous conversion of his wife, yet he
so far gave them up as to allow his child to receive Arian baptism; and
as the first breach of even slight scruples may prepare a conscience
naturally tender for the commission of actual crimes, he is afterwards
reported to have lived with concubines... (A Dictionary of Greek and
Roman Biography and Mythology, Smith, v.1, 1876)