Gender: Female Meaning of Celia: "heavenly" Origin of Celia: Latin Celia's Popularity in 2018: #936

Celia Origin and Meaning

The name Celia is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "heavenly".

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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Rank in US: #936

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Pop Culture References for the name Celia

Ceilia, Celya, Celie


wineaunt Says:


I always loved this but I'm celiac and it's likely my children could also be, so I can't have Celia the celiac. However, if you don't have an auto immune disease go ahead!!!

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