What does Cecilia mean?
Cecilia \ce-ci-lia\ as a girls' 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.
Cecilia has 89 variants: C'Ceal, Cacelia, Ceceilia, Ceceley, Ceceli, Cecelia, Cecely, Cecelyn, Cecette, Ceciel, Cecil▼, Cecila, Cecile▼, Cecilea, Cecilee, Ceciley, Ceciliane, Cecilie, Cecilija, Cecilla, Cecille, Cecillia, Cecily▼, Cecilyann, Ceclia, 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, Cilia, Cilka, Cilla, Cilly, Cissie, Kekilia, Kikelia, Kikylia, Sacilia, Sasilia, Sasilie, Secelia, Seelia, Seelie, Seely, Selia, Sesilia, Sessaley, Sesseelya, Sessile, Sessilly, Sessily, Sheila▼, Sile, Sileas, Silke, Siseel, Sisely, Siselya, Sisile, Sisiliya, Sissela, Sissie and Sissy.
Cecilia has 1 masculine form: Cecil.
Cecilia is a very popular first name for women (#318 out of 4276, Top 7%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#72022 out of 150436, Top 48%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Cecilia for girls. Cecilia reached its highest position of #185 in the U.S. during 1900-1909, and is at #206 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Cecilia and related names. Cecelia (#572 in 2014), Cecil, Cecile, Cecily, Ceil, Celia (#788), Sheila and Zelia are the prominent variation forms of Cecilia (#206 in 2014). These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.4562%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.1593%, down 65.1%), with the versions Cecil, Cecile, Cecily, Celia and Sheila falling out of fashion. Cecelia (#572) is the most trendy girl name among these, and there is also a revival in baby name usage for this name. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Cecilia is alike in pronunciation to Sicilia. This name tends to be less frequently used than Cecilia.