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What does Sheila mean?

Sheila Pronunciation of Sheila [sheila] as a girls' name is pronounced SHEE-lah. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Sheila is "blind". Variant of Sile, an Irish form of the Latin-derived Celia. In Australian slang, "Sheila" is a woman. Sheela is a Hindi name meaning "gentle".

Associated with: irish, gentle.


Sheila has 26 variants: Seila, Selia, Shayla, Shaylagh, Shaylah, Shaylah, Shaylla, Sheela, Sheelagh, Sheelah, Sheilagh, Sheilah, Sheileen, Sheilia, Sheilya, Shela, Shelagh, Shelia, Shella, Sheyla, Shiela, Shila, Shilah, Shilea, Shilla and Shyla.

Related girl names: Sheiletta and Cecilia.

1 more alternative form via Celia, Sile: Ceil.

Creative forms:
(female) Sheisa, Sheita, ..

(male) Sheisa, ..

Middle name pairings:
Sheila Maiya (S.M.), ..

How popular is Sheila?

Sheila is a very prominent first name for women (#124 out of 4276, Top 3%) but an uncommon surname for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Sheila entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its top rank of #59 in the U.S. in the 1960s, and is presently at #1700. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sheila name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Cecilia (#181 from current records), Shayla (#800), Celia (#858), Shyla (#1451), Shiela, Sheyla, Sheilah, Ceil, Shela and Shelia are the prominent variation forms of Sheila (#1700 from current records). Adoption of these forms of Sheila was common 65 years ago (adoption of 0.44%) and is now much less (adoption 0.16%, 63.4%), with forms such as Sheila becoming somewhat dated. Cecilia is the most contemporarily stylish baby name among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sheila, Cecilia, Ceil, Celia, Shayla in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Sheilah, Shela, Shelia, Sheyla, Shiela, Shyla in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Sheila is pronounced similarly to Chella, Chelli, Shaela, Shaila, Shailagh, Shaili, Shalia, Shellee, Shelley, Shelli, Shellie, Shelly, Shilo, Shiloh, Shula, Shylah and Shylo. Other recommended names are Breila, Ceila, Chela, Geila, Keila, Leila, Neila, Phila, Seelia, Seely, Sela, Seula, Shaina, Shakila, Sharla, Shea, Sheba, Sheeba, Sheena, Sheera, Sheina, Shelisa, Shell, Shelle, Shemira, Shena, Shenika, Shera, Sheraa, Sheria, Sherica, Sherifa, Sheril, Sherill, Sherina, Sherisa, Sherita, Sherli, Sheva, Shira, Silia, Siliya, Silya, Skyla, Stela, Stella, Suelo, Sula, Thecla, Theia, Theida and Thekla. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sheila.

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