[ 4 syll. pe-tro-nia, pet-ron-ia ] The baby girl name Petronia is pronounced PehTROWNiyAH †. Petronia's origin is Old Greek and Latin, and its use, German. From Latin roots, its meaning is 'country bumpkin'. The first name is derived from the Roman family name Petronius, which is of uncertain origin. The root element could be petro, although some take the name to derive from Petra. Saint Petronilla was a 1st-century martyr often portrayed in medieval legends as the daughter or companion of the apostle Peter; the association led to the popularity of the name in the Middle Ages. Various medieval forms of the name include Petronel, Pernel, or Parnel; the latter two were later associated with prostitutes and subsequently fell into disuse after the 18th century.
Petronia is a form of the English, German, Hungarian, Polish, and Spanish Petra.
Petronia has 18 forms that are used in English and foreign languages. English forms of the name include Peronelle, Petranella, Petrona (used in Spanish too), Petronel, Petronella (used in Dutch, German, and Scandinavian too), and Petronilla (used in German and Italian too). Other English forms include the shortening Pet, and the diminutives Petsy and Pety.
Forms used in foreign languages include Ela (Polish), Nela (Polish), Nelka (Polish), Pernilla (Scandinavian), Pernille (Scandinavian), Petronela (Romanian), Petronila (Spanish), Pétronille (French), and Tona (Spanish).
Petronia is not often used as a baby girl name. It is not in the top 1000 names.
† English pronunciation for Petronia: P as in "pea (P.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; T as in "tee (T.IY)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; OW as in "oak (OW.K)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)"