Celia Origin and Meaning

The name Celia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "heavenly".

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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Celia Rank in US Top 1000

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Celia Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Celia Popularity

Famous People Named Celia

  • (Úrsula Hilaria) Celia de la Caridad Cruz (Alfonso)Cuban,American singer
  • Celia Elizabeth JohnsonEnglish actress
  • Celia Feinman AdlerAmerican actress
  • Celia Diana Savile ImrieEnglish actress
  • Celia KeenanBolger, American actress and singer
  • Celia WestonAmerican actress
  • Celia Mei RubinAmerican actress
  • Celia Sánchez (Manduley)Cuban revolutionary
  • Celia CalderónMexican painter

Celia in Pop Culture

  • Celiacharacter in Shakespeare's "As You Like It'
  • Celiacharacter in Jonathan Swift's "The Lady's Dressing Room"
  • Celia Bowencharacter in Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus"
  • Celia Brookecharacter in "Middlemarch" by George Eliot
  • Celia Coplestonefrom T.S. Eliot's "The Cocktail Party"
  • Celia Footecharacter in Kathryn Stockett's "The Help"
  • Celia Dawsoncharacter on TV's "Last Tango in Halifax"
  • Celia Stewartcharacter on Australian soap "Home & Away"
  • Celia Hodescharacter on TV's "Weeds"
  • Celia Maycharacter in Pixar's "Monsters, Inc."
  • Celia Plaskettcharacter in film "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
  • Celia Solischaracter on TV's "Desperate Housewives"
  • Cousin Celiacharacter in film "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang"
  • Celia Lyttoncharacter in film "Spoils of Time" trilogy by Penny Vincenzi
  • Celia Mackcharacter on TV's "Andi Mack"
  • Celia Hamiltoncharacter from the "Mandie" series
  • Celia Penderghastcharacter in video game "inFAMOUS: Second Son"
  • Celia Catherine "CeCe" Rhodescharacter on TV's 'Gossip Girl'
  • Celiacharacter in the video game "Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life"
  • Celiadaughter of Dr. Facilier in Disney's "Descendants 3"