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Gender: F Pronunciation: aw-REEL-ya or a-RAY-lee-a Meaning of Aurelia: "the golden one" Origin of Aurelia: Latin Aurelia's Popularity in 2015: #802

Aurelia is the shimmering female form of the Roman classic Aurelius, very common in the Roman Empire and currently experiencing a resurgence in the US—it has risen each year since reentering the Top 1000 list in 2012 after a sixty-one year hiatus.

The name of several minor early saints, Aurelia's sound and feel can be credited for it being on the rise again. Aurora and Oriana are Aurelia cousins you might also want to consider.

Aurelia was the name of the mothers of Julius Caesar, the writer Sylvia Plath, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, who, in her honor, made it one of his daughter's middle names.

Famous People Named Aurelia

Aurelia Frances Schober-Plath, mother of American writer Sylvia Plath
Aurelia Scheppers, American actress
Aurelia Riley, American actress
Aurelia Dobre, Romanian gymnast
Aurelia Orestilla, Catiline's second wife

Pop Culture References for the name Aurelia

Aurelia, character in film "The Madwoman of Chaillot"
Aurelia, character in film "Love Actually" (pronounced "Oh-RAIL-ee-a")
Aurelia, sunken ship in film "Fools Gold"
Aurelia, genus of the moon jellyfish (generally pronounced a-RAY-lee-a)
Aurelia, character in "Mountain Pose" by Nancy Hope Wilson
Aurelia Darnel, wife of the main character in "Launcelot Greaves" (1762) by Tobias Smollett

Aurelia's International Variations

Aurélie (French)