What does Camellia mean?
Camellia \c(a)-mellia, cam(el)-lia\ as a girls' name is pronounced ka-MEEL-yah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Camellia is "helper to the priest". The meaning of this old Roman surname, which probably originated in pre-Roman Italy, is not certain. The Camellia flower is named for the botanist and missionary Georg Josef Kamel, and is often associated with the name Camille, though they are from different roots. Alexandre Dumas' famous 19th-century play "La Dame aux Camélias" was known in America as "Camille". See also Kamelia.
For more on this name, see also the related girl name Camilla.
Camellia is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#3989 out of 4276, Top 93%) but an uncommon last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Camellia and related names. Camilla (#364 last year), Camille (#250) and Kamille are the popular alternative forms of Camellia (#unlisted). Adoption of this girl name is at its most widespread today. Camilla (#364) and Camille (#250) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns in this compilation, with both names undergoing a resurgence in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)