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 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)
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)
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.