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Gender: Female Meaning of Cecilia: "blind" Origin of Cecilia: Feminine form of Cecil, Latin Cecilia's Popularity in 2017: #168

The name Cecilia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "blind". Cecilia is ranked #168 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Vintage Baby Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

From the experts:

Cecilia, a delicate and lacy feminine form of Cecil, which derives from a Roman clan name, has definitely been rediscovered. 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 as she was dying she sang to God--in either case making it a fitting name for opera star Cecilia Bartoli.

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.

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Famous People Named Cecilia

Saint Cecilia, Roman martyr and patroness of musicians
Cecilia Gustavsdotter Vasa, Princess of Sweden; daughter of Gustav I
Cecilia, Princess of Sweden; Grand Duchess of Oldenburg; daughter of Gustav IV Adolf
Cecilia Nina Bowes-Lyon, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne, grandmother of Queen Elizabeth II
Cecilia Peck, American actress; daughter of Gregory Peck
Cecilia Bartoli, Italian opera singer
Cecilia Parker, American actress
(Anna) Cecilia Malmström, Swedish politician
Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin, British-American astronomer
Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress
Cecilia Törn, Finnish ice dancer
Cecilia Beaux, American portraitist
Cecilia Liu, Chinese actress
Cecilia "Ceci" de la Cueva, Mexican actress
Cecilia DeMille Harper, daughter of director Cecil B. DeMille
Alice Cecilia Linh Svensson, Swedish singer and Idol 2008 runner-up
Cécilia, Princess 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
Alondra Cecilia Gorham (b. 2009), Daughter of Christopher Gorham

Pop Culture References for the name Cecilia

Cecilia Marie Halpert, Jim's and Pam's daughter on The Office
Cecilia Carol "C.C." Bloom, character in book/film "Beaches"
Cecilia "Cece" Parekh, character on TV's "New Girl"
Cecilia "Cece" Jones, character on TV's "Shake It Up"
Cecilia, character in film "Aquamarine"
Cecilia, character in The Hunger Games series
Cecilia Tallis, character in Ian McEwan's "Atonement"
Cecilia Smith, character on TV's "7th Heaven"
Cecilia Aurora Serendia Marie, main character in "Palace of Mirrors" by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Cecilia Nuthatch, character in "We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story"
Cecilia "Cecil" Grey, main 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's International Variations

Cécile (French) Sìleas (Scottish) Silja (Finnish) Sisel, Zisel (Yiddish) Cecilija, Cilka (Slovene) Síle (Irish) Caecilia (German) Cecylia (Polish) Silje (Danish)