Feminine form of Cecil, Latin

Cecilia Origin and Meaning

The name Cecilia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "blind".

Cecilia is a lovely classic name deservedly enjoying a new turn in the sun. Always among the Top 500 girls' names in the US, Cecilia is now at its highest point ever.

Cecilia is a feminine form of Cecil, which was derived from a Roman clan name related to the Latin caecus, meaning "blind". While that may put some parents off, we say put that ancient meaning aside and focus on Cecilia's symbolic resonance in the contemporary world as a classy and classic name.

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 she sang to God as she was dying. The name was popularized in the Middle Ages as an homage to the Saint.

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.

# 137 in the US

Cecilia Rank in US Top 1000

# 56 on Nameberry

Cecilia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Cecilia Popularity

Famous People Named Cecilia

  • Saint CeciliaRoman martyr and patroness of musicians
  • Cecilia Gustavsdotter VasaPrincess of Sweden; daughter of Gustav I
  • CeciliaPrincess of Sweden; Grand Duchess of Oldenburg; daughter of Gustav IV Adolf
  • Cecilia Nina BowesLyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II
  • Cecilia PeckAmerican actress; daughter of Gregory Peck
  • Cecilia BartoliItalian opera singer
  • Cecilia ParkerAmerican actress
  • (Anna) Cecilia MalmströmSwedish politician
  • Cecilia Helena PayneGaposchkin, British,American astronomer
  • Cecilia CheungHong Kong actress
  • Cecilia TörnFinnish ice dancer
  • Cecilia BeauxAmerican portraitist
  • Cecilia LiuChinese actress
  • Cecilia "Ceci" de la CuevaMexican actress
  • Cecilia DeMille Harperdaughter of director Cecil B. DeMille
  • Alice Cecilia Linh SvenssonSwedish singer and Idol 2008 runner,up
  • CéciliaPrincess of Leiningen (b. 1988), daughter of Prince Karl Emich
  • Cecilia Kowalczyk (b. 2011)daughter of musician Ed Kowalczyk of band Live
  • Cecilia Delphine Walton (born 2012)daughter of Majandra Delfino and David Walton
  • Cecilia Kate McMahon (b. 2014)daughter of singer Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin

Cecilia in Pop Culture

  • Cecilia Marie HalpertJim's and Pam's daughter on The Office
  • Cecilia Carol "C.C." Bloomcharacter in book/film "Beaches"
  • Cecilia "Cece" Parekhcharacter on TV's "New Girl"
  • Cecilia "Cece" Jonescharacter on TV's "Shake It Up"
  • Ceciliacharacter in film "Aquamarine"
  • Ceciliacharacter in The Hunger Games series
  • Cecilia Tallischaracter in Ian McEwan's "Atonement"
  • Cecilia Smithcharacter on TV's "7th Heaven"
  • Cecilia Aurora Serendia Mariemain character in "Palace of Mirrors" by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  • Cecilia Nuthatchcharacter in "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story"
  • Cecilia "Cecil" Greymain character in Rumer Godden's novel 'The Greengage Summer'
  • "Cecilia"song by Simon & Garfunkel
  • "Cecilia and the Satellite"song by Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness; inspired by his daughter Cecilia
  • "Cecilia"song by The Vamps and Shawn Mendes

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