What does Celia mean?
Celia \ce-lia\ as a girls' name is pronounced SEEL-yah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Celia is "heaven". From Caelia, feminine form of the old Roman family name Caelius, probably from "caelum" meaning "heaven". Sometimes also used as a short form of Cecilia. Celio is the masculine form. The name was not used in the Middle Ages, and was introduced to the English-speaking world as the name of a character in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (1599). Made popular in the 1940s by actress Celia Johnson.
Celia▼ has 44 more related forms via Cecilia: Cacelia, Ceceilia, Ceceli, Cecelia, Ceciel, Cecil▼, Cecila, Cecile▼, Cecilea, Cecilie, Cecilija, Cecilla, Cecillia, Cecily▼, Ceclia, Cecyl, Cecylia, Cee, Ceila, Ceileh, Ceilena, Ceilia, Cela, Celli, Cellie, Cesia, Cesilie, Cesya, Cicelie, Cici, Cicilia, Cile, Cili, Cilia, Cilka, Cilla, Cilly, Kekilia, Kikelia, Secelia, Seelia, Seelie, Selia and Sesilia.
Celia is a very prominent first name for females (#371 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#31426 out of 150436, Top 21%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Celia for girls. Celia reached its highest position of #158 in the U.S. then, and is at #788 currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Celia and associated names. Popular related forms of Celia (#788 last year) are Cecilia (#206 last year), Selena (#346), Celeste (#467), Cecelia (#572), Sheila, Celina, Selina, Ceil, Cecil, Cecile and Cecily. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4243%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.2184%, down 48.5%), with forms like Celia, Celeste, Cecile, Cecily and Cecil becoming somewhat outmoded. Cecelia (#572) and Selena (#346) are two of the more trendy birth names here, and there is also a resurgence in birth name usage for both names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Celia▼ is pronounced similarly to Ceili, Sela, Selie, Silia, Xylia, Zalia, Zelia, Zelie, Zolia and Zylia. Other suggested similar baby names are Belia, Caela, Cala, Cali, Calie, Calla, Callia, Caylia, Celida, Celka, Ceria, Chalia, Chela, Chelie, Chella, Clea, Clelia, Clio, Delia▼, Helia, Lelia▼, Melia, Nelia and Pelia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Celia.