Mystery Monday: Pregonia

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name’s origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish to browse other Mystery Monday names, there is an index.

Last week we had a name that was so far removed from any name we’ve ever seen before. This week we have the opposite: A name that feels like you should know what it is, but which you just can’t pin down. Have you ever come across this name before? Do you recognize its origin?



Filed under crowd-sourcing, dictionary entries, mystery monday

3 responses to “Mystery Monday: Pregonia

  1. Ajda

    Hm. My first impulse was to do search on Google Books with the alternate spelling Pregogna. In “Historie della Prouincia del Friuli…” (one of the hits), the spelling Fregogna is used in a list of places of a certain bishopric. When I searched for “Oderzo, Polcenigo, Fregogna” (part of that list) on Google, another book came up in which Fregogna was spelled Fregona. And Fregona is a municipality in the province of Treviso! Does this make sense?

    • Oh, that’s very interesting! We also (since posting this post) found an example of Pregogna in reference to the same person, so it may be that this is (a) an error, (b) a locative byname and not a given name, (c) both.

    • I know one Preconius in Galicia 977 (Tumbo de Celanova, 1)

      From Latin praeco, praeconis ‘herald’?

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