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What does Camellia mean?

Camellia Pronunciation of Camellia [camel-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.

Associated with: priest (monk), old, roman, surname, flower, 19th century, play (opera).


Camellia has 3 variants: Camelia, Camella and Cammelia.

Related girl name: Camilla.

4 more alternative forms via Camille, Kamelia: Camill, Camyll, Camylle and Kamella.

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Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Camellia?

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. Demographics)

Camellia was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its peak position of #1605 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Camellia name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Camellia outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Camelia, Camilla (#374 from recent data) and Camille (#246) are the popular alternative forms of Camellia appearing in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Kamella, are uncommon. Usage of these forms of Camellia was well-received in the year 2014 (average #1153) and has remained as widespread to this day (#1155, 1%). Camille has generally been the top pick of parents, although Camilla seems to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Camellia, Camelia, Camilla, Camille in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Camellia and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Camellia is alike in pronunciation to Camala, Camela, Camila, Camillia, Camillie, Cammilla, Camyla, Camylla, Kamilia, Kamilla and Kamillia. Other recommended names are Amelia, Ariellia, Aurellia, Baseelia (see Basilia), Cacelia, Caelin, Calla, Callida, Callie, Cambaria, Cambria, Cameri, Cameshia, Caralia, Carlla, Carmela, Carmelina, Carmelit (see Carmel), Carmella, Carmellita, Carmilla, Castallia, Cecelia, Ceilia, Celia, Cellie, Cellina, Cerelia, Cerella, Chella, Chelli, Clelia, Cloelia, Damalla, Dameshia, Danella, Gallia, Gazella, Gemella, Jamelia, Jamilia, Jamilla, Jamillia, Lellia, Madella, Marella, Nanella, Natallia, Pamelia, Pamella, Parmelia, Raella, Romella, Rozellia, Sadella, Samella, Samuella, Sarelia, Tallia, Vallia, Vaseelia (see Vasilia), Vasillia, Vazeelia (see Vasilia) and Yabella. These names tend to be less commonly used than Camellia.

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