What does Priscilla mean?
Priscilla \pr(is)-cilla, pris(cil)-la\ as a girls' name is pronounced pris-SILL-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Priscilla is "ancient, venerable". Biblical: a first-century Christian missionary. Priscilla was a favored name with the Puritans of England. Longfellow gave the name to the heroine of his poem, "The Courtship of Miles Standish". Common in the early Christian era, then used by the Puritans, and popular in the 19th century. Actress Priscilla Presley.
Priscilla▼ has 19 variants: Cilla, Percilla, Pracilla, Precilla, Prescill, Prescilla, Pricila, Pricilla, Pris, Prisca, Priscella, Priscila, Prisciliana, Priscylla, Prisila, Prisilla, Prissie, Prissy and Prysilla.
Priscilla is a very prominent first name for women (#273 out of 4276, Top 6%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Priscilla for girls. Priscilla reached its apex position of #146 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #484 presently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Priscilla and affiliated names. The only other prominent related form of Priscilla (#484 the previous year) is Priscila. Adoption of these girl names reached its most widespread during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.427%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.258%, down 39.6%), with the form Priscilla becoming less stylish. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)