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Gender: F Meaning of Celia: "heavenly" Origin of Celia: Latin Celia's Popularity in 2015: #858

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.

Famous People Named Celia

Celia Cruz (born Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad Cruz Alfonso), Cuban-American singer
Celia Elizabeth Johnson, English actress
Celia Feinman Adler, American actress
Celia Diana Savile Imrie, English actress
Celia Keenan-Bolger, American actress and singer
Celia Weston, American actress
Celia Mei Rubin, American actress
Celia Sánchez (Manduley), Cuban revolutionary
Celia Calderón, Mexican painter

Pop Culture References for the name Celia

Celia, character in "As You Like It' by Shakespeare
Celia, character in "The Lady's Dressing Room" by Jonathan Swift
Celia Bowen, main character in"The Night Circus" by Erin Morgenstern
Celia Brooke, character in "Middlemarch" by George Eliot
Celia Coplestone, character in "The Cocktail Party" by T.S. Eliot
Celia Foote, character in Kathryn Stockett's "The Help"
Celia Dawson, main character in BBC's "Last Tango in Halifax"
Celia Stewart, character on Australian soap "Home and Away"
Celia Hodes, character on TV's "Weeds"
Celia May, character in Pixar's "Monsters, Inc."
Celia Plaskett, character in film "We Need to Talk About Kevin"
Celia Solis, character on TV's "Desperate Housewives"
Cousin Celia, character in film "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang"
Celia Lytton, character in the "Spoils of Time" trilogy by Penny Vincenzi
Celia Hamilton, character from the "Mandie" series
Celia Penderghast, character from video game "inFAMOUS: Second Son"

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