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What does Cecilia mean?

Cecilia Pronunciation of Cecilia [ce-cil-ia] 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.

Associated with: virgin, music (opera), england, 18th century.


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.

Affiliated girl names: Silja and Zelia.

1 more relation via Cecily: Sicili.

1 masculine form: Cecil.

Creative forms:
(female) Cecilsa, Cecilva, ..

(male) Cecilde, Cecilli, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cecilia Annalise (C.A.), ..

How popular is Cecilia?

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)

Cecilia reached its highest position of #181 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Cecelia (#544 in recent rankings), Cecil, Cecile, Cecille, Cecily (#1181), Ceil, Cele, Celia (#858), Celie, Cicely, Cilla, Sheila (#1700) and Zelia are the prominent variation forms of Cecilia (#181 in recent rankings). These forms of Cecilia were at the peak of their popularity in the 1950s (adoption of 0.4%) and have become significantly less widespread since (adoption 0.2%, 55.7%), with versions like Cecil becoming less fashionable. Cecilia has generally been popular among parents.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cecilia, Cecelia, Cecil, Cecile, Cecille in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cecily, Ceil, Cele, Celia, Celie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cicely, Cilla, Sheila, Zelia in U.S.

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