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Celia meaning and name origin
Celia \ce-lia\ as a girl's 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 4 variant forms: Ceil, Cele, Celie and Fecelia.
For more information, see also related names Celina, Cilia, Selena, Selina, Sheila and Celeste.
Baby names that sound like Celia are Selia, Cela, Ceilia and Zelia.
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Popularity of Celia
Celia is a very popular first name for women (#371 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#29207 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Celia for girls. (2012 statistics) Compare Celia with its variant forms and related girl baby names.