Mystery Monday: Adoma

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.

Roughly 6 months ago we were back to the beginning of the alphabet, and instead of picking one name beginning with A- to pose as our mystery, we listed them all. Now we’ve rolled around to the beginning of the alphabet again, and comparing what we had then with what we have now…well, if we haven’t made as much progress as we might have liked, we can at least blame it on the fact that there are so many names, and we often create new entries for the Dictionary as quickly as we finalise old ones!

This week’s Mystery is an Italian feminine name from the early 16th C.


While many Italian names come in masculine/feminine pairs, which provides a great springboard for research, we don’t know of any masculine Italian name Adomo — it’s tempting to connect the name to Adam, but the vowel shift is otherwise unwitnessed. So we’re looking for clues to help resolve two names: The actual Adoma and the potential Adomo. Have you found either of these before? Do you have any thoughts about their origins? Please share in the comments!

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One response to “Mystery Monday: Adoma

  1. Brian M. Scott

    The name in question has been misread: it is actually Adorna; an instance from 1248 can be found here. Presumably the name derives from Latin adōrnō ‘I decorate, ornament, adorn, embellish’. I’ve not looked hard, but so far I’ve seen Adorno and Adornus only as byname or surname.

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