Mystery Monday: Palotia

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.

One of the reasons we do these Mystery Monday posts is that quite often we have to click through a number of unfinished entries before we find one that counts as a true mystery — sometimes, an unfinished entry is simply an unfinished entry, just awaiting someone to look at it and finish it up. Sometimes it’s a matter of plugging in the right etymological information (Peter-Angel, Peter-Paul, and Paloma, we’re looking at you); sometimes it’s a matter of realizing we’ve got four different entries for what are in fact all variants of the same name (Beto, Betto, Pezzi, and Pezili, we’re looking at you!).

Sometimes, though, we get a name where all we can do is look at it and go “huh. That looks…Latinate?” Which isn’t saying much when it’s a name from 14th C Italy:
Do you recognize it? Have any thoughts on its origin? Any other examples of the name? Please share in the comments!


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One response to “Mystery Monday: Palotia

  1. Brian M. Scott

    Palotia appears to be a variant of Paulotia, for which I’ve found several 14th and 15th century attestations. Moreover, Acta sanctorum: Acta sanctorum septembris, Tomus II, has Paulotia quædam Ceci molendinarii & Johanna ejus filia 1451 (p. 469) and Domina Palotia Cicci de Viterbio and Johanna Palotiæ (p. 479), which look like being the same two people. Finally, in R, Lanciani, Il Patrimonio della Famiglia Colonna al Tempo de Martino V (1417-1431), in Archivio della R. Società Romana di Storia Patria, Vol. XX, Rome, 1897, Nr. XXI from 1426 has domina Paula alias dicta Palotia uxor dicti Christophori, It appears that we’re dealing with a hypocorism from Paula ~ Paola via the suffix -uzza ~ -uccia.

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