Flavia (name)

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The Ancient Roman name Flavia was used for Princess Flavia in The Prisoner of Zenda.
Pronunciation FLAH-vee-ah or FLAY-vee-ah
Gender Female
Word/name Ancient Roman
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
Other names
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.[1] 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.[2]

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.

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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).