Meaning of Romilly

[name_m]Hi[/name_m], I’m not sure about the right place to ask this question.

A friend is expecting her baby very soon and her girl front runner is [name_f]Romilly[/name_f]. Meaning of the name is very important to her, and she found that in ‘The Brilliant Book of [name_u]Baby[/name_u] Names’ [name_f]Pamela[/name_f] and [name_f]Linda[/name_f] have given it’s meaning as ‘spacious clearing’. That’s great but it’s not replicated in any other source that we can find, and on Nameberry the meaning is ‘man from [name_m]Rome[/name_m]’. So, can we find out where the ‘spacious clearing’ meaning came from? And why is that not on Nameberry?

Thanks so much for your help with this.

I’m not sure why the meaning differs between website and book, after a quick google it seems that there is no definitive meaning for [name_f]Romilly[/name_f] and the origins are unlclear.

I read that if derived from [name_f]Romola[/name_f], then [name_f]Romilly[/name_f] means strength; if derived from [name_f]Rosemary[/name_f], then [name_f]Romilly[/name_f] means sea dew (the closest meaning I found to spacious clearing).

I’m going to move this to the Girls Names forum and maybe someone else can shed some light.

I know a lot of ‘-ley’/’-ly’ names have meanings to do with clearings so perhaps that’s where the clearing bit could come in.

As for spacious, Rahab is the only name I can find meaning spacious but that doesn’t seem to quite connect?

Maybe something to do with space to ‘roam’ in?? Roaming in a clearing? Space to roam in?

Or even a play on something being roomy or spatious -a clearing with lots of room? I believe something can be roomily

Not sure, just throwing out some ideas

Edit: just wanted to add in that I’ve never seen that meaning listed anywhere else