Associations with Perpetua, and how do you pronounce it and various similar words?

I think of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a comedic group.

I think of nuns in general and of [name_m]Monty[/name_m] Python though I don’t know why.

I also think of perps.

So I am not a big fan! (Not that I have anything against nuns)

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I don’t know much at all about the saint, but I would assume that the parents of a [name_f]Perpetua[/name_f] were hardcore Catholics.


This is an interesting angle to explore. I might hazard a guess that the suggestions of a dark or solemn undercurrent primarily come from name’s similarity to the word ‘perpetrator’ and the abundance of short, sharp plosive sounds. It needn’t be a conscious association to have an effect on the way we receive the name.

I don’t personally have any prior associations to the name itself and haven’t heard it used anywhere. [name_f]Perpetua[/name_f] does come across a bit cold to me visually and aurally. It feels more word than name. I think the unfamiliarity of the name in combination with the strong lexical links makes the name seem intellectual and more impersonal. The syllabic stress makes little difference to me.


Agreed. You can perpetuate values and ideals, too. And this is the exact reason [name_u]Constantine[/name_u] remains so high up my list.

Definitely good to mention. I have looked into both a bit, I love the connections between these names considering that my other biological child is a F3l1x.

These are qualities I’m aiming to capture in the name to some degree. :slightly_smiling_face:

If it had put me off it, we wouldn’t still be here with her on my shortlist. I agree I get slightly austere vibes but I’m a slightly austere person so I can see that working.

Sounds like an interesting course. I’m glad the name is growing on you.

Hmm, I hadn’t made the connection to my mind yet with perpetrate, perpetrator.

I think that taking into account everything everyone is saying here, my image of the name does capture some warmth, but a warmth that is hard to capture. I sort of see her like a single taper candle (again, could be greatly religious or spiritual in connotation, but doesn’t have to be) burning in a dark, drafty room. The name is rather bright and warm, but a tall spiky warmth with little room for movement or flexibility. She has both capacity for darkness and light in her. Unadorned and straightforward, yet also ancient, a tad fanciful, and stubborn in both the best and worst of ways. I still quite like her.


I meant to mention this on your Babybucket post. I love [name_f]Perpetua[/name_f] and [name_f]Petra[/name_f] on paper, but aloud they sound… incomplete? Awkward? I pronounce [name_f]Perpetua[/name_f] like perpetual and perpetuate… “per-pe-CHOO-uh,” but it seems like it should be a soft t sound instead. Like [name_f]Imogen[/name_f], I’d like the name more if I ever felt confident saying it!

That being said, I still love the name and agree with @katinka that Perpetua nn Petra is inspired!


Me too lol. I do like it but because of that association, it’s always kind of comical to me.

That and [name_f]Oona[/name_f]! “[name_m]Just[/name_m] stir it, [name_f]Oona[/name_f]!”