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Quick Facts on Camila

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Latin, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 39
Simple meaning:
Ancient pagan altar boy

Characteristics of Camila

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Camila

Camila is the Spanish and Portuguese form of Camilla, both of which are derived from an Old Roman family name Camillus, which itself developed from a cognomen originally derived from a nickname. Camillus was a term (probably of Etruscan origin) referring to an acolyte (i.e., a performer of ceremonial duties of a religious or spiritual nature). A “camillus” was typically a pre-pubescent boy chosen from the plebeian or patrician classes to attend the Priests during rituals and sacrifices in the Roman Republic’s pagan era. In other words, the term described the ancient precursors to altar boys. The ancientness of this name is attested to by Marcus Furius Camillus (c. 446-365 B.C.), a famous Roman statesman and soldier dubbed the “second founder of Rome”. Camillus was likely given his cognomen-nickname during infancy in honor of a family relative who happened to be the High Priest of Rome (the “Pontifex Maximus”). Aside from Camila’s connection to ancient religious acolytes, a character named Camilla also appears in Virgil’s famous epic poem, “The Aeneid” (written in the first century B.C.). In Virgil’s version of the story, Camilla was the daughter of King Metabus, and, at birth, was promised to the service of Diana (goddess of the hunt). One day, while the king was escaping a revolt in his kingdom, he came upon a river as he was carrying the baby Camilla. He tied her to his spear and safely hurled her to the other side of the raging waters. Camilla was raised as a warrior maiden and became accustomed to the chase as a servant of Diana. Virgil claimed that Camilla ran so quickly she could turn blades of grass into ashes, and he described her as the strongest living female mortal ever. Moreover, as an aside, “kāmil” is the Arabic word for perfection.

Popularity of the Name Camila

The spelling of Camila in America hasn’t been around for very long. It first debuted on the U.S. female naming charts in 1997. Incidentally, however, the Spanish version Camila is now more popular than both Camilla (English) and Camille (French). The increased usage of Camila in America is certainly a factor of the rising Hispanic-American population compounded by a general revival interest in this ancient name. The “Camilla” names are classical, pretty and downright elegant. The Spanish Camila also has a certain European sophistication that makes her an excellent choice for any lucky little baby girl.
Popularity of the Girl Name Camila
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Camila

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Camila

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Camila

    Camila We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Camila (see Camilla).

  • Popular Songs on Camila

    Popular Songs on Camila

    Camila - an instrumental by Tata Güines, Changuito Cuban Jazz Legends

    Camila - a song by Yahir Duran

    Camila's Song - a song by Teslim

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Camila

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Camila

    The Adventures of Camila in the Oil World (Maria Carolina Cruz) - On a summer morning, Camila spotted from the beach a big structure shining way out into the sea. She asked her dad what it was and he told her that such a place was not for girls. It was an oil platform, but only men could work in there. Intrigued and challenged, Camila decided she would venture inside a world only seen by men before. This is the fascinating story of a girl who is intelligent, beautiful and fearless. Camila conquers a world that few girls saw before and leaves a legacy to any person who has ever wanted to achieve the greatest dream. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Camila

    Famous People Named Camila

    Famous People Named Camila - Camila Alves (model/TV personality)

  • Children of Famous People Named Camila

    Children of Famous People Named Camila

    Camila - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Camila.

  • Historic Figures

    Camila - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Camila - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Camila.

Personality of the Girl Name Camila

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Camila

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