Drusilla f
From a Late Latin name, a feminine diminutive of the old Roman family name Dr(a)usus, which was first taken by a certain Livius, who had killed in single combat a Gaul of this name and, according to a custom of the time, took his victim's name as a cognomen. Of the several women in the Roman imperial family who were called Livia Drusilla, the most notorious was Caligula's sister and mistress. The name is borne in the Bible by a Jewish woman, wife of the Roman citizen Felix, who was converted to Christianity by St Paul (Acts 24: 24). In England it was taken up as a given name in the 17th century as a result of the biblical mention.

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  • Drusilla — is an English female given name derived ultimately from the Roman Drusus, in turn from the Greek drosos (dew). It has the meaning fruitful or dewy eyed. As a name appearing in the Bible it was adopted by English speakers in the 17th Century. The… …   Wikipedia

  • Drusilla — • Daughter of Herod Agrippa I Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Drusilla     Drusilla     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Drusilla — ist ein weiblicher römischer Name, der insbesondere durch die Namensträgerinnen der Julisch Claudischen Dynastie zu einiger Bekanntheit gelangt ist. Berühmte Trägerinnen dieses Namens waren: Livia Drusilla, dritte Gemahlin des Kaisers Augustus… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • DRUSILLA — (b. 38 C.E.), daughter of agrippa i and cypros . Drusilla had been promised in marriage by her father to Epiphanes, son of King Antiochus of Commagene. The agreement was canceled, however, when Epiphanes refused to convert to Judaism, after… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Drusilla — Drusilla, römischer weiblicher Name; bekannt: 1) Livia D., s. Livia. 2) Julia D., Tochter des Germanicus u. der Agrippina, geb. in Trier 15 n.Chr.; heirathete, nachdem sie kurze Zeit an L. Cassius Longinus vermählt gewesen war, ihren Bruder… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Drusilla — Drusilla, röm. Frauennamen; bekannt ist D., die Tochter des Herodes Agrippa I., welche den König Azizus von Emesa, alsdann ihren Buhlen, den röm. Procurator Felix, heirathete und sammt ihrem Söhnlein zu Titus Zeit beim Ausbruche des Vesuv umkam.… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Drusilla — fem. proper name, L. fem. dim. of Drusus, frequent surname in Livian gens, earlier Drausus, perhaps a Celtic word meaning lit. strong (Cf. O.Celt. *dru oak, also strong ) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Drusilla — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Drusilla est un prénom dérivé du latin Drusus, lui même issu de drosos. Personnages historiques Julia Drusilla (née en 16) est la sœur de Caligula… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • DRUSILLA — I. DRUSILLA Agrippae Iun. soror, primo desponsata filio Antiochi Epiphani, dein Aziazi Emesorum sive Amazorum Regis data est. Hanc cum pulchritudine ceteris praestaret, Felix concupivit: quare misso nuntio, qui erat Iudaeus Magus, Simon, Cypro… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Drusilla — /drooh sil euh/, n. a female given name. * * * …   Universalium

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