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Gender: F Pronunciation: aw-REEL-ya Meaning of Aurelia: "the golden one" Origin of Aurelia: Latin Aurelia's Popularity in 2013: #833

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Aurelia is the shimmering female form of the Roman classic Aurelius, very common in the Roman Empire and currently experiencing a resurgence in the US -- it was one of the fastest-rising names in 2013.

The name of several minor early saints, Aurelia's sound and feel can be credited for it being on the rise again. Aurora and Oriana are Aurelia cousins you might also want to consider.

Aurelia was the name of the mothers of Julius Caesar, the writer Sylvia Plath, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who, in her honor, made it one of his daughter's middle names .

Famous People Named Aurelia

Aurelia Frances Schober-Plath, mother of American writer Sylvia Plath
Aurelia Scheppers, American actress
Aurelia Riley, American actress
Aurelia Dobre, Romanian gymnast
Aurelia Orestilla, Catiline's second wife

Pop Culture References for the Name Aurelia

Aurelia, in the '60s US film "The Madwoman of Chaillot"
Character in the movie "Love Actually"
The name of the sunken ship in the movie "Fools Gold"
Genus name of the moon jellyfish (generally pronounced a-RAY-lee-a)
A character in the book "Mountain Pose" by Nancy Hope Wilson
Aurelia Darnel, marries the titular Launcelot Greaves in "Launcelot Greaves" (1762) by Tobias Smollett

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Aurelia's International Variations

Aurélie (French)