Gender: Female Meaning of Priscilla: "ancient" Origin of Priscilla: Latin, diminutive of Prisca Priscilla's Popularity in 2019: #620

Priscilla Origin and Meaning

The name Priscilla is a girl's name of Latin origin meaning "ancient".

Despite her somewhat prissy, puritanical air, Priscilla has managed to stay widely used for well over a century -- it reached as high as Number 127 in 1940 -- appreciated for its delicacy and solid history.

A New Testament name, it was Priscilla with whom the apostle Paul stayed while spreading the gospel in Corinth. It was common in the ancient Roman world and later was a favorite of the seventeenth century Puritans. Priscilla Mullins (Alden), remembered for her co-starring role in Longfellow's poem The Courtship of Miles Standish, making Priscilla one of the perfect Thanksgiving baby names. There was also a sympathetic Priscilla in Hawthorne's The Blithedale Romance.

The most conspicuous contemporary bearer of the name is Priscilla Presley, and it's what J. R. R. Tolkien named his only daughter.

If you find the nickname Prissy too prissy, you could use the British-inflected Cilla.

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Rank in US: #620

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Famous People Named Priscilla

Pop Culture References for the name Priscilla

Prissy, Prysilla, Cilla, Prissie, Pris, Priscella

Priscilla's International Variations

Piri, Piroska (Hungarian) Prisca, Priscille (French) Priscila, Prisilla (Spanish)


helenarosa Says:


I really like this name! It is almost unheard of in Sweden were I live so I doubt I would ever name my child that but I think it is a beautiful name <3

IrinaNicolaStrong Says:


I love this name! It's absolutely gorgeous and definitely due for a comeback! I love the nns Prisca and Cilla.

IrinaNicolaStrong Says:


So gorgeous!

rosebudstar Says:


I know a Priscilla who goes by Pril and it's quite pretty

klp Says:


there is also a beautiful song by Bat for Lashes called Prescilla. It makes me want to use the name at least for a middle.

Stephen Malkmus Says:


The Priscilla I know is a tomboy and goes by Percy as a nickname. Not frilly at all

Daiseymae Says:


One of my favorites name now.

Daiseymae Says:


Yes, I agree.

bordercollie Says:


I really dislike Priscilla. It's the sort of name I can only imagine on a spoiled, shrieking little girl throwing a tantrum because someone said no to her or a snobby, stuck up teenager at a ridiculously expensive boarding school. I'm not saying that all girls named Priscilla are like this, but it's just the image I get from the name.

Carolinekalmes Says:


But this is probably the frilliest, prissiest name I can think of. I'm usually down for a little frill but this is just too much for me.

Carolinekalmes Says:


I've noticed this is more popular with latinas who obviously don't have the short "i" and therefore have a slightly different pronunciation. Also, I don't know Spanish but I feel like they may not have that obvious negative association with the word "priss" that English speakers do.

Carolinekalmes Says:


I'm sure you have these qualities, but I'm not sure that because you have these qualities you can speak for every person named Priscilla 🤷🏼‍♀️

chechechelss Says:


This is probably my most hated name. I remember being in reception and there was a girl named Priscilla who wore gumboots with dresses and sloshed her feet around inside them because she'd always wet herself.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I'm feeling attracted to this name, and to the sweet nickname Cilla. I'm adding it to my "long list" of favourite girls' names. 😃

Daiseymae Says:


I think this name is very pretty. I really like it.

Daiseymae Says:


Thank you.

Wittyusername103 Says:


Too frilly. It just screams "my mother is controlling!"

LostMargaret Says:


Despite the "priss" word association, this name sounds spirited and powerful to me. I love the meaning and the fact that's it's been well-used but not overused. I would use the full name, or Illy for short.

roseofjune Says:


Rilla could also be another clever nickname that circumvents Prissy!

PrisCilla Torres Says:


I (speaking for myself) am not a spoiled snot-nosed girl. Never was. It was just someone, one day, decided to call any one who appeared to have any semblance of class and decorum "prissy", as if it were an insult not to be common and classless. As for being "weak" Trust me any one who knows a Priscilla can vouch that we are not weak. We are soft on the outside and tough as nails on the inside. We pride ourselves on how we are survivors and we can still smile through it all . By the way we are very creative, domestic and nurturing. We are artists and appreciate uniqueness in others, We love when even no one else can. We have great sense of humor. We are very patriotic and religious. We love God, country and family. Love cats too. We just love and try to make others feels loved always. We do not pick a fight but when push comes to shove , I am always the winner. But I do it with class no fist de cuffs for this girl. Hope this changed your mind on the great name of Priscilla ;)

Moony Says:


Technically speaking, this name ticks all the right boxes for me. It's 100% feminine, it's long, it's rare and it's highly upper-crust. However, I can't seem to get around the 'priss'. On some days I see Priscilla as elegant and charming and full of charisma, but on most days I see it as prissy and sissy and weak - the type of name you'd expect to see on a spoiled, snot-nosed little girl. Which really irritates me because it is a beautiful name, and bears no risk of a masculine diminuitive such as the stronger, but off-limits (to me) Drusilla. Perhaps, given time, I might warm up to it.

ashbee Says:


I know a Priscilla who goes by Pita. :) I think even Pippa, Posey, Cici, and Celia could work.

PrisCilla Torres Says:


Daiseymae is very pretty too :) Very Americana

headintheclouds Says:


A name that I want to like, that I do like in theory. But the spelling of Priscilla reminds me of the word proboscis which makes me think of insects and worms, and the "pris/prissy/sissy" nickname/sound is just not too good. Overall though, Priscilla sounds very sharp and elegant, bright and lively (a little too frilly for my tastes personally), and I like the nickname Cilla or Pria.

Analia Says:


Love it! super pretty <3

Bobcat108 Says:


One of the friends of Anne of Green Gables was named Priscilla.

Daiseymae Says:


I think it is a pretty name. I love feminine names.

Catastroffy Says:


Too...well, prissy, scilly, and sissy.

PrisCilla Torres Says:


I'm Priscilla and I love my name and men seem to love it too.

ShannonLim Says:


I know quite a few girls with this name and it doesn't sound frilly at all! It may seem to be but its a sweet name with lovely nickname of Pris.

Alicia1 Says:


Agreed, too frilly! This was my persian cat's name! We called her Prissy and that she was.

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mabespark Says:


Pretty, but a little bit too frilly for my taste.