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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Cecelia

The name Cecelia comes from the Latin name “Caecelia,” a feminine form of Caecilius, which is a Roman family name. The name has its roots in the Latin word “caecus,” which translates to ‘blind,’ or ‘dim-sighted.’

According to William Caxton’s interpretation of the name in the Golden Legend, The Life of Saint Cecilia (1483), Cecilia is considered to be the ‘lily of heaven’ or ‘a way to blind men.’

The name enjoyed its popularity attributed to one of the most famous Roman virgin martyrs, St. Cecilia, also known as Cecily. It was written that at her wedding, as the musicians played, she sang her heart out and praised the Lord. This was how she gained the title “patroness of music and musicians.” She is often represented in art as playing the organ.

The name is widespread across German, Italian, Spanish, and Swedish cultures. Another popular male form of the name Cecelia is Cecil. It also has name variants such as Cecília in Catalan, Cécile in French, Cecily in French, and Cecilija in Croatian. If you adore this name, a few nickname suggestions are Ceecee, Ceci, Cici, and Cilla.

Cecelia is a well-known name in the fictional and literary world. Cecelia Tallis is a character in Ian McEwan’s novel “Atonement,” which was later turned into a movie, and Kiera Knightly played the role. She is portrayed as an intelligent and headstrong girl bent on doing the right thing. Cecelia “Cece” Parekh is one of the main characters on FOX’s comedy series “New Girl.” Hannah Simone plays her. In the American TV series, “Shake It Up,” Cecelia Vida “Cece” Jones is a dancer for a local teen dance show, Shake It Up, Chicago!


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Famous People With The Name Cecelia

  • Cecelia AhernIrish novelist with over 25 million copies of her books sold worldwide
  • Cecelia ConditAmerican video artist and receiver of the awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, Mary L. Nohl Foundation National Endowment for the Arts, and American Film Institute
  • Cecelia CortesAmerican professional squash player, ranking World No. 62 as of 2014
  • Cecelia FreyCanadian poet, novelist and short story writer who won the 2018 Golden Pen Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Cecelia HallOscar winning sound designer and editor and the first woman nominated for an Academy Awards for Best Sound Effects Editing for Top Gun

Cecelia On The Popularity Chart

According to the US Social Security Administration, parents have been loving the name Cecelia and it is seen to be experiencing a surge in its usage. Check the graphs below to have a concrete understanding of its popularity and ranking.

Popularity Over Time

The name has seen a steady climb in its popularity over the years. The name was most registered in 2017, with 582 babies per million sharing the same name.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The ranking of the name Cecelia has seen a drastic change over the decades. From 957 in the year 1981, it climbed to its highest rank of date which is 531 in 2017.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Cecelia

If the sound of the name Cecelia appeals to you, below are a few more suggestions that have a similar feel to it.

Names With Similar Meaning As Cecelia

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Name Numerology For Cecelia

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