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Gender: F Meaning of Camilla: "young ceremonial attendant" Origin of Camilla: Latin Camilla's Popularity in 2013: #399

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The Spanish Camila, pronounced ka-MEE-la, is the fastest rising version of this ancient Roman name, now in the Top 50, but recent royal Camilla may have helped promote the British brand. In Roman myth, Camilla was a swift-footed huntress so fast she could run over a field without bending a blade of grass.

Camilla has been in English-speaking use since the sixteenth century, and appeared in Virgil's Aeneid as a virgin queen. It was later popularized by an eponymous Fanny Burney novel, and in modern times Camilla Macaulay is the protagonist of Donna Tartt's The Secret History. Today, the name is connected to the former Camilla Parker Bowles, now the Duchess of Cornwall.

The floral name Camellia has also begun to bloom.

Famous People Named Camilla

Camilla Belle Routh, American actress
Camilla Parker Bowles-Windsor, Duchess of Cornwall
Camilla "Millie" Mackintosh, cast member of British reality show "Made In Chelsea"
Camilla Cleese, daughter of English actor John Cleese
Camilla "Milly" Rosso, English actress; twin sister Becky Rosso
Camilla Luddington, English actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Camilla

Camilla, novel by Fanny Burney
Camilla, a minor character in the video game Skyrim.
Camilla, a character in the Flower Power series.
Nurse Midwife Camilla "Chummy" Fortescue-Cholmeley-Browne-Noakes, character on BBC series "Call the Midwife"
Camilla Figg, character from the early seasons of Dexter

Cam, Cami, Camia, Camilia, Camilya, Cammi, Cammie, Cammilla, Cammille, Cammy, Cammylle, Camyla, Camylla, Camylle, Chamelea, Chamelia, Chamika, Chamila, Chamilia, Kamille, Kamyla, Mille, Millee, Milley, Milli, Millie, Milly

Camilla's International Variations

Kamila, Kamilla (Hungarian) Kamilka, Milla (Polish) Camelia (Romanian) Cama, Camala, Camile (Spanish)