|Pronunciation||FLAH-vee-ah or FLAY-vee-ah|
|Meaning||golden, blonde; the feminine form of the Roman family name Flavius.|
|Region of origin||Italy, France, Brazil, Romania, Spain and other Spanish-speaking countries|
|Related names||Flaviana, Flavie, Flaviere, Flavyere|
Flavia is an Ancient Roman name meaning “blonde” from the Latin word “flavus”, meaning “golden, blonde”. It is a feminine form of the Roman family name Flavius. The name is most commonly used in Italy, Romania, Brazil (Portuguese: Flávia) and in Spanish-speaking countries. It is rarely used in the United States, but was given to 11 newborn American girls in 2010 and 12 American girls born in 2011.
The Portuguese and Brazilian spelling of the name is Flávia.
Flavia is the name of Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox saints: Flavia Domitilla and Flavia. It was also the name of Princess Flavia, a major character in Anthony Hope's 1894 novel The Prisoner of Zenda and its sequel Rupert of Hentzau. It is also the name of Flavia de Luce, the 11-year-old sleuth who stars in Alan Bradley's mystery series that began with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie in 2009.
- Flavia Gemina, a character in The Roman Mysteries
- Flavia de Luce, a character in Alen Bradley mystery series Author's page
Sigourney Weaver's father, TV producer Sylvester L Weaver, Jr., originally wanted to name her Flavia, because of his passion for Roman history (he had already names her elder brother Trajan).