Origin of the name PETRONILLA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name PETRONILLA.
A diminutive form of Latin Petronia
(q.v.), meaning "a little stone." (Grande
Dizionario Italiano ed Inglese, Baretti, v.2, 1832). Also spelled Petronella. Usage: England, Germany, Ireland,
Petronilla of Aquitaine (d. 1193), was the
daughter of William X of Aquitaine and Aenor of Châtellerault. Sister Petronilla Keller was one of the five
German sisters who founded St. Scholastica's College in 1906.
Petronilla Ramirez (d. 1173), was Queen regnant of Aragon.
Petronilla de Meath (d. 1324), was the maidservant of the Irish
noblewoman, Dame Alice Kyteler; she was accused of witchcraft and burned
at the stake. (Wiki)
... The feminines of Peter
are Petronilla, said to have been his daughter, and whence has
come Petronilla in Spanish, Petronille
shortened into Nille in Norway, Pernel or Parnel, once exceeding common,
though now forgotten, in England; but other female names have been made
direct from that of the saint, Peronetta in Italy, Perretta in France,
and even Petrina in Scotland and Sweden. (History of Christian Names,