Well, Maria Luisa of Parma, Princess of the Asturias:
painting by Anton Raphael Mengs
came from a family which ruled the town in Northern Italy called Parma.
photo by sailko
has, obviously, always been stituated in the place.
But what of other things called Parma?
Parma ham has to come from the Parma area (there's a law that says so), and Parma violets:
were first discovered in Italy (though the odd little violet-flavoured sweets called Parma Violets:
But what about the Parma wallaby?
photo by Benjamint444
You don't see many wallabies lolloping around Italy, do you.
And, for that matter, what about the cheese?
What, you haven't heard of Parma cheese? But you've heard of Parmesan, and a Parmesan is a native or inhabitant (or cheese) of Parma.
Finally, there are the apples. The name of the red varieties of apples called pearmain, of which the Worcester Pearmain is probably the best known:
come from the Old French permain, a type of pear, and the best guess is that this word comes from the Latin Parmēnsis, of Parma.
So: what's your best guess about how the wallaby got its name, then?
Nuts and Bolts: Parma. The city's name is Etruscan, and the Romans borrowed its name for a round shield.
Parma is the Australian Aboriginal name for this species of wallaby.