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Meaning and name origin

Sheila \she(i)-la\ as a girl's 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 variant forms: Seila, Selia, Shayla, Shaylah, Shaylagh, 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 is a very popular first name for females (#124 out of 4276, Top 3%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Sheila for girls. Sheila reached its highest rank of #59 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Sheila and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cecilia (#206), Shayla (#746), Celia (#788), Shyla, Shiela, Sheila, Shelia and Sheyla. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cecilia, Celia, Shayla, Sheila, Shelia, Sheyla, Shiela, Shyla in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cecilia, Celia, Shayla, Sheila, Shyla outside U.S.

Similar Names

Sheila is also pronounced similarly to Chella, Shaela, Shaila, Shaili, Shelli, Shelly, Shilo and Shula. Other suggested similar baby names are Sela, Seula, Sheina, Shell and Shelle. These names tend to be less commonly used than Sheila.