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What does Sheila mean?

Sheila \she(i)-la\ 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".


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.

For more information, see also related girl names Sheiletta and Cecilia.

Sheila has 5 more alternative forms via Celia, Sile: Ceil, Cele, Celie, Cile and Fecelia.


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. Census)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Sheila for girls. Sheila entered the list in 1920-1929 and reached its top rank of #59 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Sheila name in U.S.

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

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Sheila and associated names. Cecilia (#206 the previous year), Shayla (#746), Celia (#788), Shiela, Shyla, Sheyla, Ceil and Shelia are the prominent variation forms of Sheila. Adoption of this girl name reached its apex during the years 1950-1959 and is now much less, with the forms Shayla, Shyla, Celia, Sheila and Shelia becoming somewhat dated. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cecilia, Ceil, Celia, Shayla, Sheila, 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, Shaela, Shaila, Shaili, Shelli, Shelly, Shilo and Shula. Other recommended similar baby names are Sela, Seula, Sheina, Shell and Shelle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Sheila.