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▼.
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)
Cecilia (#206 the previous year), Shayla (#746), Celia (#788), Shiela, Shyla, Sheyla, Ceil and Shelia are the prominent variation forms of Sheila. Adoption of these girl names reached its apex during the years 1950-1959 (usage of 0.3443%) and is now much less (usage 0.14%, down 59.3%), with the forms Shayla, Shyla, Celia, Shelia and Sheila becoming somewhat dated. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the girl name Sheila and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
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.