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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 girl names Celina, Cilia, Selena, Selina, Sheila and Celeste.


Celia is a very popular first name for females (#371 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#29207 out of 88799, Top 33%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Celia for girls. Celia reached its highest rank of #158 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 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 a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Celia and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cecilia (#206), Selena (#346), Celeste (#467), Celia (#788), Sheila, Selina, Ceil and Celina. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cecilia, Ceil, Celeste, Celia, Celina, Selena, Selina, Sheila in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Selina, Sheila outside U.S.

Similar Names

Celia is also pronounced similarly to Ceila, Ceili, Ceilia, Cela, Cili, Cilla, Seelia, Sela, Selia, Selie, Silia, Xylia, Zalia, Zelia, Zelie, Zolia and Zylia. Other suggested similar baby names are Belia, Caela, Cala, Cali, Calie, Calla, Callia, Caylia, Ceclia, Celida, Celka, Celli, Cellie, Ceria, Cesia, Chalia, Chela, Chelie, Chella, Clea, Clelia, Clio, Delia, Helia, Lelia, Melia, Nelia and Pelia. These names tend to be less commonly used than Celia.