With a name with a somewhat prissy, puritanical air, Priscilla has managed to stay in the Top 500 for every year since records have been kept--it reached as high as 127 in 1940--appreciated for its delicacy and solid history.
A New Testament name, it was Priscilla with whom the apostle Paul stayed while spreading the gospel in Corinth. It was common in the ancient Roman world, and later was a favorite of the seventeenth century Puritans, including Priscilla Mullins, remembered for her co-starring role in Longfellow;s poem "The Courtship of Miles Standish." There was also a sympathetic Priscilla in Hawthorne's "The Blithedale Romance."
The most conspicuous contemporary bearer of the name is Priscilla Presley. J. R. Tolkien named his only daughter Priscilla.