Celia: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Celia | Girls
Origin of the name Celia:
Derived from the Latin Caelia, a feminine form of the old Roman family name Caelius, which is believed to be a derivative of the Latin caelum (heaven). Celia is also used as a short form of Cecilia (blind, dim-sighted).
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Alternate pronunciation (Spanish): SEEL-ee-uh.
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We named our daughter Celia. Not only is it my paternal grandmother's name, it is also a name from Shakespearean times (the play "As You Like It" featured the leads "Oliver" and "Celia," and we already had a son named Oliver). The poet Ben Jonson wrote "To Celia," the classic poem that begins, "Drink to me with thine eyes..."
It is a beautiful, timeless name and we are pleased with it and it fits her very well.
My parents named me Celia Catherine in 1994 and I'm very unhappy with my first name. I think it's an unattractive spelling. Most people pronounce it Sil-yuh, when it should be pronounced See-lee-uh. I'm content when it's pronounced correctly, but most people can't say it even after being corrected. I wouldn't recommend naming your child Celia; I'm slightly upset with my parents giving me this name.
OK! My name is Celia Cristina and I was named after my grandmother & Cuban salsa singer Celia Cruz. (I am Cuban, also.) I love my name. Just like the girl above me I get EXTREMELY annoyed when people slaughter my name. If it's not them pronouncing it "sell-yah" or "seal-e-uh"! Granted those are the most common ways of pronouncing it, it still bothers me. I only tend to get annoyed when I repeatedly tell the person the correct way, and they still mess it up, though. I love my name. Not many of us and it can be pronounced with totally different ways, and has a lot of nicknames, too. I wouldn't change my name, although when I was younger I definitely wanted too. Kids are kids.. no matter what your name is, if a kid wants to come up with something to rhyme with it, they will.
My name is Celia and was one of many who was also named after my grandmother....and I too understand about the many different ways it can be mispronounced like sill-ee-uh or cecelia when its not! I do happen to know many ways it can be used as a nickname like CC as previously commented or just plain sell-ee...as I am formerly called. I think the nickname Cell-ee has a much prettier and more feminine vibe to it for many of you who may be called Celia and feel they can be more comfortable with the name...I know I do, its because of that nickname that I really enjoy my name. Of course since it did derive from the Latin origin I preffer having my name pronounced with a Spanish pronounciation like cel-ee-uh, but that's the way I preffer along with other Latina girls. I also recall that the name means heavenly.
My name is Celia, as well, I really like my name, but I get annoyed when I tell people my name, and they think its Cecelia. Other than that, is is not the most popular name in the United States, but I like how it is a name in foreign countries, like Cuba, and Spain, and I am not Cuban or Spanish. I was actually primarily named from my grandfather's mother, and I think that is cool.
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- Famous real-life people named Celia: | Edit
Celia Ammerman, American model
Celia Cruz, Cuban salsa singer
Celia Hammond, former 60's supermodel and current animal-rights activist
Ana Celia de Armas, Cuban actress
- Celia in song, story & screen: | Edit
Celia, a heroine in Shakespeare's comedy As You Like It
Celia, a contestant on the TV show America's Next Top Model
Celia Solis, a (child) character on the TV Series 'Desperate Housewives'.
Global Popularity of the Name Celia
- #31 in Spain
- #40 in Belgium
- #327 in Canada (Quebec)
- #757 in United States