Mystery Monday: Scolana

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.

Today we bring you a lovely Catalan feminine name from the 16th C:
Do you recognize this name? Have any thoughts about its origin? Share your thoughts in the comments!


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2 responses to “Mystery Monday: Scolana

  1. Brian M. Scott

    It’s not clear whether Scolana in La viuda Scolana is a forename or a feminized form of her husband’s byname. The 1510 census does have a Francés Escolano.

    In any case, there is a Catalan noun escolà (masc.), escolana (fem.) ‘a person, especially a young person, assisting with mass etc. in monasteries and churches, an acolyte; member of a choir’; I’d not be surprised to find (more Latinate) forms without the initial e in names. At any rate I suspect that Scolana has some etymological connection with Latin schola, its Catalan reflex escola, and its other Catalan derivatives.

  2. Diego Segui

    I think the feminized form is the correct answer. The Census lists also “La muller d’en Scolano, quòndam”, along with several other men with the surname Scolano. In A. Díaz Borrás, “El miedo al Mediterraneo: la caridad popular valenciana y la redención de cautivos bajo el poder musulmán, 1323-1539” p. 250 there is one “Escolana/Scolana, Joana (Viuda de Miquel Scolano)” (according to the index).

    The form “escolano” is generally recorded as specifically Aragonese, cognate to Cat. “escolà” (e.g. by Corominas).

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