Mystery Monday: Agamelono

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.

And we’re back around at the beginning of the alphabet again! Today’s name is a masculine name from Renaissance Italy, and every time I type it out, I keep feeling like it should be Greek — but I’m pretty sure I’m just getting swayed by Agamemnon:


It’d be cool (and not unreasonable give the Renaissance Italian’s penchant for reviving classical Greek and Latin names) if this were of Greek origin, but we haven’t been able to find any Ἀγεμ- or ῾Αγήμ- name that has any ls in it.

So, do you have any thoughts about where this name might have come from? Any examples of similar names? Please share in the comments!

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One response to “Mystery Monday: Agamelono

  1. Brian M. Scott

    I suspect that this PDF is correct in identifying the name as a variant, apparently Ligurian, of Agamennone, i.e., of Agamemnon.

    I found a few other examples:

    an Agamelonus de Grimaldis 1338 here;

    an agamelonus cigalla 1377 here;

    an Agamelonus Cibo of unknown date here; and

    an Agamelonum de Salvaticis (acc.) 1571 here, in the index as Agamelonus de Salvaticis de Janua (which is consistent with the notion that the name is Ligurian).

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