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What does Cilia mean?

Cilia Pronunciation of Cilia [cil-ia] as a girls' name. Scientific term: tiny hairs that project from some cells. Can also be considered a variant of Celia, or a short form of Cecilia.


Cilia has 2 variants: Silia and Sillia.

48 more alternative forms via Cecilia, Celia: Cacelia, Ceceilia, Cecelia, Cecil, Cecila, Cecilea, Cecilie, Cecilija, Cecilla, Cecillia, Ceclia, Cecylia, Ceil, Ceila, Ceileh, Ceilena, Ceilia, Cela, Cele, Celia, Celie, Celli, Cellie, Cesia, Cesilie, Cesya, Cicelie, Cici, Cicilia, Cicilie, Cicily, Cile, Cili, Cilka, Cilla, Cilly, Cissie, Kekilia, Kikelia, Kikylia, Sacilia, Sasilia, Seelia, Selia, Sesilia, Sile, Sileas and Silke.

Creative forms:
(female) Cilca, Cilna, ..

(male) Cilin, Cille, ..

Middle name pairings:
Cilia Talia (C.T.), ..

How popular is Cilia?

Cilia is an uncommon given name for women but a very popular last name for all people (#49869 out of 150436, Top 33%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Cecilia (#181 the previous year), Cecelia (#544), Celia (#858), Celie, Cilla, Ceil, Cecil and Cele are the popular alternative forms of Cilia (outside Top 2000). Other variants, like Ceila, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Cilia reached its highest in the 1900s (adoption of 0.26%) and is somewhat lower today (adoption 0.16%, down 38.5%), with forms like Cecelia going out of style. Cecilia is the most trendy girl name here. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cecelia, Cecil, Cecilia, Ceil, Cele in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Celia, Celie, Cilla in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Cilia is pronounced similarly to Ceili, Seila, Sela, Selie, Siliya, Silliya, Silya, Sula, Sylwia, Xyla, Xylia, Zailie, Zalia, Zaylia, Zelia, Zelie, Zila, Zilla, Zillah, Zola, Zolia and Zylia. Other recommended names are Airlia, Alia, Allia, Belia, Cacia, Caila, Cailie, Cailin, Cala, Cali, Calie, Calin, Calla, Callia, Caylia, Celina, Chalia, Ciera, Cieria, Cilicia, Cima, Cinda, Cintia, Clea, Clelia, Clio, Csilla, Delia, Elia, Emilia, Filia, Gilia, Ginia, Gioia, Illia, Jioia, Lelia, Lidia, Lilia, Malia, Nibia, Nidia, Olia, Silvia, Siria, Talia, Tulia, Vinia, Vitia, Vivia, Yulia, Zilvia and Zinia. These names tend to be more commonly used than Cilia.

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