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Gender: F Meaning of Celia: "heavenly" Origin of Celia: Latin Celia's Popularity in 2012: #742

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Celia, splendidly sleek and feminine, is a name that was scattered throughout Shakespeare and other Elizabethan literature, but still manages to feel totally modern.

Shakespeare has been credited with introducing Celia in As You Like It, and it was to Celia that the poet Ben Jonson penned the immortal line: "Drink to me only with thine eyes." Other literary Celias have appeared in works ranging from George Eliot's "Middlemarch" to T. S. Eliot's "The Cocktail Party" to Lionel Shriver's "We Need to Talk About Kevin."

Celia Cruz was a superstar of Latin music.

Celia is not a short form of Cecilia, which has a completely different meaning, and developed independently. But some contemporary parents are naming their babies Cecelia, especially with that spelling, and calling them Celia -- which gives you two beautiful names in one.

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Famous People Named Celia

Celia Adler, American actress
Celia Cruz, Cuban-American singer
Celia Imrie, English actress
Celia Keenan-Bolger, American actress and singer
Celia Weston, American actress

Pop Culture References for the Name Celia

Celia, character from Shakespeare's in As You Like It
Celia Bowen, heroine of "The Night Circus"
Celia Brooke- Character from the novel "Middlemarch"
Celia Foote, character from the book and movie "The Help".
Celia Hodes, character from Weed's
Celia May, from the movie "Monsters Inc"
Celia Plaskett, from the novel and film "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
Celia Smith, character from the fanfic "Darkness' Daughter"
Celia Solis, character from Desperate Housewives
Cousin Celia, from Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

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