Of Greek origin.

Means “friend of strength”.

From the combination of the Greek words “φίλος”, philos, meaning “friend” and “μένος”, menos, meaning “strength, purpose, rage”.

It was a rare name, especially in countries other than Greece, until the 19th century, following the discovery of a Roman tomb with the name “Filumena”.

It is associated with the Greek word “φιλομήνη”, philomene, meaning “loved”.

Other forms of the name are: Filomena, Filumena, Philomène.

Famous bearers are Philomena Begley, Philomena Gianfrancisco, Philomena McDonagh, and Máire Philomena Ní Bhraonáin, birth name of Moya Brennan.