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Gender: F Meaning of Cecilia: "blind" Origin of Cecilia: Feminine form of Cecil, Latin Cecilia's Popularity in 2014: #206

Cecilia, a delicate and lacy feminine form of Cecil, which derives from a Roman clan name, has definitely been rediscovered. The martyred Saint Cecilia was designated the patron of musicians, either because she supposedly sang directly to God while the musicians played at her wedding, or because as she was dying she sang to God--in either case making it a fitting name for opera star Cecilia Bartoli.

On TV, the Cecelia spelling variation was the name chosen for Pam and Jim's baby on The Office; in real life the name of the daughters of Vera Wang and Soledad O'Brien.

Cecilia is also a Dickens character name in Hard Times, and appears in the novels Atonement and The Virgin Suicides, and The Hunger Games series, as well as being the subject of a memorable Simon & Garfunkel song.

Cecilia, Celia and Cecily are all nameberry faves. Cecelia is an accepted spelling variation you may want to consider if you plan to shorten the name to Celia or Cece.

Famous People Named Cecilia

Cecilia Peck, American actress; daughter of Gregory Peck
Cecilia Bartoli, Italian opera singer
Cecilia Parker, American actress
Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress
Cecilia Beaux, American portraitist
Cecilia Delphine Walton (born 2012), daughter of Majandra Delfino and David Walton
Alondra Cecilia Gorham (b. 2009), Daughter of Christopher Gorham
Cecilia Liu, Chinese actress
Cecilia "Ceci" de la Cueva, Mexican actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Cecilia

Cecilia "Cece" Bloom, character in book/film "Beaches"
Cecilia "Cece" Parekh, character on TV's "New Girl"
Cecilia "Cece" Jones, character on TV's "Shake It Up"
Cecilia, character in film "Aquamarine"
Cecilia, character in The Hunger Games series
Cecilia Tallis, character in Ian McEwan's "Atonement"
"Cecilia", song by Simon & Garfunkel
Cecilia Smith, character on TV's "7th Heaven"
Cecelia Marie "Cece" Halpert, Pam and Jim's first child on TV's "The Office"
Cecilia Aurora Serendia Marie, main character in "Palace of Mirrors" by Margaret Peterson Haddix
"Cecilia and the Satellite", song by Andrew McMahon In The Winderness
Cecilia Nuthatch, character in "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story"

Cecilia's International Variations

Silje (Danish) Silja (Finnish) Cécile (French) Caecilia (German) Síle (Irish) Cecylia (Polish) Sìleas (Scottish) Cecilija, Cilka (Slovene) Sisel, Zisel (Yiddish)

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