Camilla: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Camilla
Origin of the name Camilla:
Derived from the Latin camilla (virgin of unblemished character). Var:Camilla, Camille, Kamilla, Kamille. Short: Cami, Camie, Kam, Kamie. Pet: Millie, Milly.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Camilla: | Edit
Camilla is a truly international name, well-used from Scandinavia to Italy. It would be ideal for the child of a diplomatic family or one with parents from different European countries.
- Personal experiences with the name Camilla: | Edit
In the US, people have difficulty pronouncing this name. I heard it rhyming with Pamela, modified to Camellia, and mistaken for Camille. The nickname Cami was mistakenly heard as Tammie, Carrie, Kim, etc. In Europe, I have had no pronunciation troubles in any country. Overall I'm very happy with the name. It is a real name with history and it has never become so popular that it was later seen as dated.
The name was horribly popular in Norway in the 80s and 90s, it's lost some popularity today, but it's very over used in Norway. In my year in primary school (Born 1990) there were 5 girls(including me) out of 45 with this name. Americans have some difficulty pronuncing this name, it become "Kammela" or "Cameel" a lot of the time, but in Europe most nationalities are able to pronunce it correctly, though it's often difficult for small children to pronunce it.
My name is Camilla, and I am Swedish. I have understood that "Camilla" has a higher status in Great Britain than in Scandinavia - there seems to be a lot of upper class-ladies with this name in England. For example Mrs Camilla Parker-Bowles. In Sweden Camilla was a very popular "trendy" name for a few years around 1965-1970 - but after that period it almost disappeared. That was unfortunate, because Swedes seem to put "Camilla" in the same box as other trend names during this time that were in fact pet forms of proper names. Such as Anneli, Annette and Carina. Although Camilla is in fact a very old Roman name, but this does not help as "no one" - who is not especially interested in names - knows about this.
- Nicknames for Camilla: | Edit
Cami, Millie, Milla, Cam, Milly, Cams, Mills
- Meanings and history of the name Camilla: | Edit
Camilla was a huntress in Greek mythology who fought alongside men in battle in the Aenied. The poet Virgil claimed she was so fast she could run across the sea without getting her feet wet and run across a field of grain without bending any of the plants.
- Famous real-life people named Camilla: | Edit
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (born Camilla Shand, formerly Camilla Parker-Bowles), wife of Prince Charles of England.
Camilla Belle (born Camilla Belle Routh), American actress ("10,000 B.C.")
Camilla Rosso, Anglo-American teen actress
Camilla Läckberg (born Jean Edith Camilla Läckberg), Swedish crime writer
Camilla Power, Anglo-Irish actress
Camilla Dallerup, Danish dancer, actress and model
Camilla Rutherford, English actress and model
Camilla Sparv, Swedish-American actress
La Camilla (born Camilla Henemark), Swedish singer, actress, model, and political activist)
Camilla de Rossi, Italian composer
Camilla Williams, African-American opera singer
Camilla Cavendish, English journalist
Princess Camilla of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Duchess of Castro (born Camilla Crociani)
- Camilla in song, story & screen: | Edit
Camilla is the chicken Gonzo is in love with in The Muppets
"Camilla", 1994 film starring Jessica Tandy
"Camilla", or "A Picture of Youth" novel by Frances Burney (mentioned in Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey") and Madeleine L'Engle.
"Camilla", opera by Valentino Fioravanti
"Camilla", song by Basshunter
"Camilla's New Hairdo", a 1994 children's book by Tricia Tusa
Camilla is the name of the botanical genus that includes the plant which produces tea, Camilla sinensis.
A book called "Camilla the Cupcake Fairy" is currently a favorite. As well as the character Camilla Cream in the book "A Case of the Stripes"
There is also a city in Georgia called "Camilla" and a city in New York called "Camillus"