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Meaning and name origin

Camellia \c(a)-mellia, cam(el)-lia\ as a girl's 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.


Camellia has 3 variant forms: Camella, Camelia and Cammelia.

For more information, see also the related girl name Camilla.


Camellia is a somewhat popular first name for females (#3989 out of 4276, Top 93%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Camellia and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Camille (#250) and Camilla (#364). (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Camilla, Camille in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Camellia is also pronounced similarly to Camela, Camillia, Camillie, Camylla, Kamella and Kamillia. Another suggested similar baby name is Carmellia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Camellia.