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Gender: F Meaning of Priscilla: "ancient" Origin of Priscilla: Latin, diminutive of Prisca Priscilla's Popularity in 2014: #484

Despite her somewhat prissy, puritanical air, Priscilla has managed to stay in the Top 500 every year since records have been kept—it reached as high as Number 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 (Alden), 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, and it's what J. R. R. Tolkien named his only daughter.

If you find the nickname Prissy too prissy, you could use the British-inflected Cilla.

Famous People Named Priscilla

Priscilla, Biblical missionary married to Aquila
Priscilla Ann Presley, American actress; ex-wife of Elvis
Priscilla Morrill, American actress
Priscilla Ahn, American singer/songwriter
Priscilla Chan, American physician; wife of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Priscilla Richman Owen, U.S. federal judge
Priscilla "Cilla" Robertson, daughter of Jep and Jessica Robertson of reality TV's "Duck Dynasty"

Pop Culture References for the name Priscilla

"The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," 1994 Australian film
Priscilla, Character in anime "Claymore"
Priscilla Parsons, a bully in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Priscilla, "Mrs. Jellaby's maid, given to drink" in Bleak House (1854) by Charles Dickens
Priscilla Moody, Zenobia's pale but interesting younger sister in "The Blithedale Romance" (1852) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Priscilla Sefton, a Methodist preacher's daughter; wife of Richard Orchardson in "God and the Man" (1881) by Robert Buchanan
Priscilla, song by Sea Wolf

Prissy, Prysilla, Cilla, Prissie, Pris, Priscella

Priscilla's International Variations

Piri, Piroska (Hungarian) Prisca, Priscille (French) Priscila, Prisilla (Spanish)