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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 Ancient Roman Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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)


Smollie Says:


I like the name and I like the nickname Cece. I just can't get past hearing that Simon & Garfunkel song when I think of the name.

mrs_anton_yelchin1990 Says:


I think this name is soooo pretty, plus my favourite Simon & Garfunkel songs is "Cecilia".

beachbear Says:


Eh, maybe I'm a troll. However, I actually can't hear this name without picturing a caecilian.

carlyfairy Says:


Good one, troll.

beachbear Says:


A good name for your pet caecilian.

carlyfairy Says:


If you like this name, don't let the meaning disenchant you. It does not necessarily mean blind. The name Cecilia can be etymologically traced to mean lily of heaven or sight to the blind (which is why St. Cecilia is also patroness of the blind.) We named our daughter Cecilia and we love it, we call her Cece sometimes.

Wolfcat Says:


My mom named me after her. Her name is Cecilia

The Ubiquitous Shadow Says:


Although I'm probably biast, as someone I know is named Cecilia and is a jerk.

Netta5187 Says:


This is a darling name! Very feminine and classy.

actingfun Says:


The meaning really doesn't bother me. "Blind" isn't the worst meaning I've heard, plus the nickname Celia means "heavenly." The name is beautiful.

WiseBird39 Says:


I agree. I prefer Cecily over Cecilia.

Cara_Jane_ Says:


Sixth in Welsh is "chweched". I don't know where Seissylt is from, it's certainly not a Welsh word.

Amy Patrick Says:


We went with an unconventional nickname for our Cecilia. We lopped off the first half of the name (we weren't fond of "Cece") and were left with the second half, "Leah." It's a noble, sweet, functional everyday name, and for more formal occasions she can trot out the lengthier "Cecilia" moniker.

mellohorn20 Says:


I love this name. It has so many cute nicknames. I hope it doesn't become too popular because I would love to use it as a middle name someday!

Luísa Says:


I love this name, unhappily I found out that "cecilia" it's the popular name of an animal where I live. And the worst: the little thing looks like a snake! It ruined the name for me, but I still think it's pretty.

BrittynRose Says:


I taught my first 'Cecilia' this year and despite loving how the name sounds in my head, I found it surprisingly "long" when said out-loud. I found myself becoming frustrated with how long it took me to say her name just to quickly get her attention. I now understand why people recommend practising saying your child's name out-loud before you're set on it. Still, such a lovely name.

ambercat Says:


When I was much younger, I lived next door to a man who had a cat named Silke. Silke originally had another cat (whose name I can't remember) friend, but the human and his then wife (first?) divorced and she got custody of one of the cats. If memory serves, he was married and divorced at least 4 times that I remember during the time he lived there. In retrospect, I wonder if Silke ever wondered why every female human he brought home seemed to run away and if she missed her little white cat friend.

rgp19 Says:


I know the meaning isn't the best but you shouldn't let it stop you if you truly love Cecilia or Cecily. Most people don't know the meaning of names offhand.

Daphodil Says:


Love this name!

CST Says:


My name is Cecilia. I was named for my dad, Cecil. Couldn't really relate to such a name when I was young, so I called myself Ceci. Now as a grown woman, I love my full name and am so honored that my mom and dad chose it for me.

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


Lovely name!

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Saffron_Rice Says:


Hideous meaning makes it taboo for me, and the same does for Cecily too. Fortunately Celia is not a version of Cecilia but a name in its own right akin to "heavenly".

Catastroffy Says:


Much too frilly and elaborate for my taste. I like Cecily.

MichelleTherese Says:


In Germany a pretty form of this name is Silke, pronounced silk-ah.

Alina Says:


In Russian, the word "сиси" (pronounced SEE-SEE) literally means "boobs".... you can imagine how I feel whenever I hear the name Cece or Cecilia....

Leah3456 Says:


Such a pretty name!

senseandsensibility Says:


My beloved name!

Eva Thyssen Says:


I love this name :)
Classic, soft and feminine.

dragonflynv Says:


"Blind" could be associated with Blind Faith, Blind Justice, Love is Blind.... For those of you that are put off by its meaning.

dragonflynv Says:


I've also seen connections to the Welsh name Seissylt meaning "sixth."

Analia Says:


love it!! super classic, hope it doesn't become too popular :/