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Meaning and Name Origin

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 4 variants: Ceil, Cele, Celie and Fecelia.

For more information, see also related girl names Celina, Cilia, Selena, Selina, Sheila and Celeste.

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 (#29207 out of 88799, Top 33%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Celia and associated names. Popular related forms of Celia (#788 last year) rated in the Top 1000 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 and are now much less popular, with forms like Celia, Celeste, Selina, Sheila and Celina becoming somewhat outmoded. Cecelia (#572) and Selena (#346) are two of the more trendy birth names here, with both names going through a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cecelia, Cecil, Cecile, Cecilia, Cecily, Ceil, Celeste, Celia, Celina, Selena in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Selina, Sheila in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.