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Gender: F Meaning of Priscilla: "ancient" Origin of Priscilla: Latin, diminutive of Prisca Priscilla's Popularity in 2016: #474

Despite her somewhat prissy, puritanical air, Priscilla managed to stay in the Top 500 for well over a century -- it reached as high as Number 127 in 1940 -- appreciated for its delicacy and solid history. It dropped out for the first time in 2015, albeit just barely, landing at Number 502, but came back in at Number 474 in 2016.

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, including Priscilla Mullins (Alden), remembered for her co-starring role in Longfellow's poem The Courtship of Miles Standish. 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.

Famous People Named Priscilla

Priscilla, Biblical missionary married to Aquila
Priscilla Mullins Alden, wife of American Plymouth colonist John Alden
(Elizabeth) Priscilla Cooper Tyler, acting First Lady of the U.S. as daughter-in-law of President John Tyler
Priscilla Jane Owens (1829-1899), hymnist
Priscilla Lexandro, French-American daughter of Khloe Lexandro
Priscilla Ann Presley, American actress; ex-wife of Elvis
Priscilla Marie "CeCe" Winans, American gospel singer
Priscilla Morrill, American actress
Priscilla Natalie Ahn, American singer/songwriter
Priscilla Chan, American physician; wife of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Priscilla Richman Owen, U.S. federal judge
Priscilla Martel, American baker and cookbook author
Priscilla Lane, American singer/actress of The Lane Sisters
Priscilla Florencio, Brazilian pop singer
Priscilla Lopez, American singer and actress
Préscillia "Priscilla" Betti, French singer and actress
Priscilla Marie Pointer, American actress
Priscilla Kemble, English stage actress
Priscilla Horton, English stage actress
Priscilla Chan (Wai-han), Hong Kong pop singer
Priscilla Barnes, American actress
Priscilla "Cilla" Robertson, daughter of Jep and Jessica Robertson of reality TV's "Duck Dynasty"

Pop Culture References for the name Priscilla

"The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," 1994 Australian film
Priscilla-Jean Henrietta "Tulip" O'Hare, character in DC Universe's "Preacher"
Priscilla, character in anime "Claymore"
Priscilla Parsons, a bully in the "St Clare" book series by Enid Blyton
Priscilla, "Mrs. Jellaby's maid, given to drink" in Bleak House (1854) by Charles Dickens
Priscilla Moody, Zenobia's pale but interesting younger sister in "The Blithedale Romance" (1852) by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Priscilla Sefton, a Methodist preacher's daughter; wife of Richard Orchardson in "God and the Man" (1881) by Robert Buchanan
Priscilla, song by Sea Wolf

Prissy, Prysilla, Cilla, Prissie, Pris, Priscella

Priscilla's International Variations

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