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Gender: F Meaning of Cecilia: "blind" Origin of Cecilia: Feminine form of Cecil, Latin Cecilia's Popularity in 2013: #223

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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

Pop Culture References for the Name Cecilia

Cecilia "Cece" Bloom, Bette Midler's character in the film "Beaches"
Cecilia "Cece" Parekh, on the American TV series "New Girl"
Cecilia "Cece" Jones, on the Disney show "Shake It Up"
Cecilia, character in the movie "Aquamarine"
Cecilia, character from "The Hunger Games" series
Cecilia Tallis, character from the novel "Atonement"
"Cecilia", a song by Simon & Garfunkel
Cecilia Smith, character on "7th Heaven" played by Ashlee Simpson
Cecelia Marie "Cece" Halpert, Pam and Jim's first child on "The Office"
Cecilia Aurora Serendia Marie, main character in "Palace of Mirrors" by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Cecilia's International Variations

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