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What does Priscilla mean?

Priscilla Pronunciation of Priscilla as a girls' name is pronounced pris-SILL-ah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Priscilla is "ancient, venerable". Biblical: a first-century Christian missionary. Priscilla was a favored name with the Puritans of England. Longfellow gave the name to the heroine of his poem, "The Courtship of Miles Standish". Common in the early Christian era, then used by the Puritans, and popular in the 19th century. Actress Priscilla Presley.


ASSOCIATED WITH ancient (old), biblical, puritans, england, heroine, 19th century


VARIANTS Cilla, Percilla, Pracilla, Precilla, Prescill, Prescilla, Pricila, Pricilla, Pris, Prisca, Priscella, Priscila, Prisciliana, Priscylla, Prisila, Prisilla, Prissie, Prissy, Prysilla



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How popular is Priscilla?

Priscilla is a very prominent first name for women (#273 out of 4276, Top 6%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Priscilla reached its apex position of #147 in the U.S. during 1940-1949, and is at #575 presently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent related forms of Priscilla (#575 FROM CURRENT RECORDS) are Cilla, Pricilla and Priscila. Usage of these relations of Priscilla was well-received in the 1940s (AVERAGE #1450) and has become significantly reduced since (#1643, 75.2%), with forms like Priscila becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Priscilla, Cilla, Pricilla, Priscila in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Priscilla and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Arcilla, Aricela, Aricella, Ariella, Aristella, Arvilla, Cecilla, Christella, Chrysilla, Cirilla, Criolla (see Creola), Cristella, Csilla, Drucella, Drucilla, Druesilla, Druscilla, Drusella, Drusilla, Ersila, Ghisella, Gisella, Gracella, Graciela, Graciella, Grisella, Kristella, Lucilla, Maricella, Mariquilla, Marisella, Mercilla, Mireilla, Mirilla, Moisella (see Moselle), Oriella, Orilla, Orsolla, Pamilla, Pascalle, Pascuala, Pernilla, Precia, Preciosa, Priela, Priella, Primalia, Primina, Priminia (see Prima), Primula, Princella, Princesa, Princessa, Prunella, Sibilla, Sirilla, Uriella, Uriyella and Ursella. These names tend to be less commonly used than Priscilla.

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