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’s name is even more mysterious than some in that we don’t even know the gender. The grammatical context makes it clear that it is a Latin genitive form, and it follows feminine declension patterns. However, it is an Italian name, and it is not uncommon for masculine names to end in -a in Italian, so this could be either feminine or masculine. We don’t know. We don’t recognize it. Do you? Let us know!