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Gender: Female Meaning of Celia: "heavenly" Origin of Celia: Latin Celia's Popularity in 2017: #857

The name Celia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "heavenly". Celia is ranked #857 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Lady Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Celia

(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 Shakespeare's "As You Like It'
Celia, character in Jonathan Swift's "The Lady's Dressing Room"
Celia Bowen, character in Erin Morgenstern's "The Night Circus"
Celia Brooke, character in "Middlemarch" by George Eliot
Celia Coplestone, from T.S. Eliot's "The Cocktail Party"
Celia Foote, character in Kathryn Stockett's "The Help"
Celia Dawson, character on TV's "Last Tango in Halifax"
Celia Stewart, character on Australian soap "Home & 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 film "Spoils of Time" trilogy by Penny Vincenzi
Celia Mack, character on TV's "Andi Mack"
Celia Hamilton, character from the "Mandie" series
Celia Penderghast, character in video game "inFAMOUS: Second Son"
Celia Catherine "CeCe" Rhodes, character on TV's 'Gossip Girl'
Serena Celia van der Woodsen, character on TV's 'Gossip Girl'

Ceilia, Celya, Celie


Daiseymae Says:


Very cute.

Sarah11 Says:


Nice name, and such a great meaning.

Ouleixia Says:


I totally feel the same way.

primandproper Says:


It reminds me of Celiac disease. Otherwise, I find it pretty.

beachbear Says:


I like this name. Now if I could purge the imagery of caecilians altogether, I just might love it.

Chess345 Says:


It's too close to Celiac's for me to like it

aleerakate Says:


I really love Celia. Beautiful meaning, beautiful sound, it's not at all common and yet it's still recognisable and fairly easily spelled. It's also one of the few names I love that my partner is okay with.

Definite possibility for a future daughter!

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priviledgedpistachios Says:


I love Celia! Heavenly, and it hits that beautiful "note". It's short, uncommon, sweet. Less frillier than Cecilia or Cecily and it's now my #1! I'm not sure I can really use it though, because of c, and in Serbian, you read it as "tz" Unless I spell it like Silia, which I'm not a big fan of

headintheclouds Says:


I love the name Celia. It sounds sleek and streamlined, seems sweetly feminine and dainty, also very strong and substantial. Plus there's a hint of spirit and liveliness to its soft and luminous-seeming vibe.

The meaning of heavenly is just beautiful, I love that it has such rich roots and usage in history and literature/arts; Celia just hits it out of the ballpark within all the categories I set when I look at names. I love Celine as well, which has a different feel- and I don't like the similar-sounding Cecilia/Cecelia and Cecily, at least not quite as much as this one.

ashbee Says:


A beautiful, literary name and not too common!

vintageluvs Says:


Hate Cecilia (that's pretty strong, but I don't really like it), like Cecily or Cicely, absolutely love Celia. It is so sleek and sophisticated. I probably wouldn't use it as a FN, but I can see it as a middle.

claudiaf Says:


Our daughter is Celia May Charlotte.

Catastroffy Says:


While I like Cecily, I don't like this.

Guest Says:


Reminds me of Celiac disease