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Meaning and name origin

Cecilia \ce-ci-lia\ as a girl's name is pronounced sess-SEEL-yah. It is of Latin and Old Welsh origin, and the meaning of Cecilia is "blind; sixth". The name came from the Welsh name Seissylt meaning "sixth". It was later used as an English form of Latin name Caecilia, feminine of Caecilius (see Cecil). The feminine form is more popular than the male form because of the blind Saint Cecilia (second or third century) virgin martyr known as the patron saint of music. The name became common among Christians during the Middle Ages when it was brought by the Normans to England, where it was commonly spelled Cecily. The Latinate form Cecilia came into use in the 18th century. Cecil Rhodes was an industrialist and founder of Rhodesia. Soprano Cecilia Bartoli.


Variations

Cecilia has 89 variant forms: C'Ceal, Cacelia, Ceceilia, Ceceley, Ceceli, Cecelia, Cecely, Cecelyn, Cecette, Ceciel, Cecil, Cecila, Cecile, Cecilea, Cecilee, Ceciley, Ceciliane, Cecilie, Cecilija, Cecilla, Cecille, Cecillia, Cecily, Ceclia, Cecilyann, Cecyl, Cecyle, Cecylia, Cee, Ceil, Ceila, Ceilagh, Ceileh, Ceileigh, Ceilena, Ceilia, Cela, Cele, Celia, Celie, Celli, Cellie, Cescelie, Cescily, Cesia, Cesilie, Cesya, Cicelie, Cicely, Cici, Cicilia, Cicilie, Cicily, Cile, Cili, Cilka, Cilia, Cilla, Cilly, Cissie, Kekilia, Kikelia, Kikylia, Sacilia, Sasilia, Sasilie, Secelia, Seelia, Seelie, Seely, Selia, Sesilia, Sessaley, Sesseelya, Sessile, Sessilly, Sessily, Sheila, Sile, Sileas, Silke, Sisely, Siselya, Siseel, Sisile, Sisiliya, Sissela, Sissie and Sissy.

For more information, see also related girl names Silja and Zelia.

There is 1 masculine form of Cecilia: Cecil.


Popularity

Cecilia is a very popular first name for females (#318 out of 4276, Top 7%) and a slightly less popular surname or last name for all people (#65076 out of 88799, Top 73%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cecilia for girls. Cecilia reached its highest rank of #185 in the U.S. in 1900-1909. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cecilia name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Cecilia and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cecilia (#206), Cecelia (#572), Celia (#788), Sheila, Zelia, Cecily, Cecil, Cecile and Ceil. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cecelia, Cecil, Cecile, Cecilia, Cecily, Ceil, Celia, Sheila, Zelia in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cecilia, Celia, Sheila outside U.S.


Similar Names

Cecilia is also pronounced similarly to Sicilia. This name tends to be less commonly used than Cecilia.

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