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What does Celia mean?

Celia Pronunciation of Celia as a girls' name is pronounced SEEL-yah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Celia is "heaven". From Caelia, feminine form of the old Roman family name Caelius, probably from "caelum" meaning "heaven". Sometimes also used as a short form of Cecilia. Celio is the masculine form. The name was not used in the Middle Ages, and was introduced to the English-speaking world as the name of a character in Shakespeare's "As You Like It" (1599). Made popular in the 1940s by actress Celia Johnson. Also form of Celeste.


ASSOCIATED WITH heaven, old, roman


VARIANTS Ceil, Cele, Celie, Fecelia

SEE ALSO Celina, Cilia, Selena, Selina, Sheila

RELATED FORMS VIA CECILIA Cacelia, Ceceilia, Ceceli, Cecelia, Ceciel, Cecil, Cecila, Cecile, Cecilea, Cecilie, Cecilija, Cecilla, Cecillia, Cecily, Ceclia, Cecyl, Cecylia, Cee, Ceila, Ceileh, Ceilena, Ceilia, Cela, Celli, Cellie, Cesia, Cesilie, Cesya, Cicelie, Cici, Cicilia, Cile, Cili, Cilia, Cilka, Cilla, Cilly, Kekilia, Kikelia, Secelia, Seelia, Seelie, Selia, Sesilia

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(male) Ceal, ..

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How popular is Celia?

Celia is a very prominent first name for females (#371 out of 4276, Top 9%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#31426 out of 150436, Top 21%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Celia entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #158 in the U.S. then, and is at #936 currently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular related forms of Celia (#936 LAST YEAR) are Cecilia (#155), Selena (#249), Celeste (#441), Cecelia (#595), Selina (#1089), Celina (#1220), Cecily (#1531), Cecil, Cecile, Ceil, Cele, Celie, Cilla and Sheila. These forms of Celia were at the apex of their popularity during 1960-1969 (MEDIAN #1151) and are somewhat less popular today (#1347, 46%), with forms like Cecelia becoming somewhat outmoded. Cecilia is the most trendy birth name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Celia, Cecelia, Cecil, Cecile, Cecilia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cecily, Ceil, Cele, Celeste, Celie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Celina, Cilla, Selena, Selina, Sheila in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Celia is pronounced similarly to Ceili, Seila, Sela, Selie, Seula, Silia, Siliya, Sillia, Silya, Sula, Sylwia, Xyla, Xylia, Zalia, Zaylia, Zelia, Zelie, Zila, Zilla, Zoela, Zoelie, Zola, Zolia and Zylia. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Abelia, Alia, Belia, Caela, Cala, Cali, Calie, Calla, Callia, Caylia, Cedra, Celenia, Celesia, Celida, Celine, Celka, Cerea, Ceria, Cerian, Cerisa, Chalia, Chela, Chelie, Chella, Chelsia, Clea, Clelia, Clio, Colina, Crecia, Decia, Delia, Demia, Denia, Emelia, Helia, Hellia, Julia, Keelia, Lelia, Lilia, Malia, Melia, Nelia, Ofelia, Ovelia, Pelia, Phelia, Ubelia, Udelia (see Odele) and Yulia. These names tend to be less frequently used than Celia.

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