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Quick Facts on Camilla

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Latin
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 399
Simple meaning:
Acolyte of religious rituals (an attendant)

Characteristics of Camilla

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Camilla

Camilla is a variant feminine form of the old Roman family name “Camillus” which is derived from Latin. Camillus referred to a pre-pubescent boy who was chosen from among the Roman nobility to attend the Priests during sacrifices in Rome’s pagan era (kind of like an altar boy of sorts). These were people of aristocracy. The name Camilla appears in Virgil’s famous epic poem, “The Aeneid” with the distinction of being the strongest female mortal. As the daughter of King Metabus, she was promised to the service of Diana (goddess of the hunt). While the king was fleeing his revolting subjects, he came upon a river as he was carrying his baby Camilla. He safely hurled her to the other side of the river by tying her to his spear. She 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. As an aside, “kāmil” is also the Arabic word for perfection. Camille is the French spelling of this lovely name, while the more fanciful Camilla has been the preferred spelling among the English, Italians and Scandinavians (particularly popular in Denmark and Norway). In the late 18th century an English writer, Fanny Burney, wrote an enormously popular novel called “Camilla” (1796) about a pretty and spirited seventeen year old girl named Camilla (see literary references below). Camilla is also the name of the fifteen year old narrator of Madeleine L'Engle’s 1951 novel “Camilla Dickinson”.

Popularity of the Name Camilla

Camilla is a name with a long history in America that dates back to at least the late 19th century (which is as far back as we have data). At the turn of the 20th century, the name Camilla was used with very light moderation. As the decades progressed into last century, Camilla slowly declined in usage until she finally fell off the naming charts altogether in 1975. This lovely moniker would disappear from usage for about 25 years – not to reappear until the 21st century in 2001, right around the time that Camilla Parker Bowles was being heavily featured in the media as Prince Charles’ amour. Today the name Camilla is back to her old levels of light moderation. Nonetheless, this name in its various forms is given to nearly 7,000 baby girls a year (relatively speaking, that’s quite a bit). Bay far and away, Americans prefer the more common Spanish spelling of Camila followed by the French Camille. Even the Slavic spelling of Kamila is currently more popular than Camilla. Whether you’re drawn to the two-syllable French Camille or the more frilly three-syllable Camilla, this is a gorgeous name all the way around. It’s ancient, girly, feminine and classical. We also agree with the Arabic definition of “perfection”. Nicknames include Cammie or Milla.
Popularity of the Girl Name Camilla
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Camilla

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Camilla

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Camilla

    Camilla Dickinson (Camilla Dickinson) Camilla is the protagonist in Madeleine L’Engle’s coming-of-age 1951 novel, “Camilla Dickinson”. Camilla is a 15 year old girl living with her family in New York, shortly after the close of World War II. She seems to have a charmed life, but things begin to change in a challenging way. Camilla’s mother, she discovers, is having an affair, a devastating discovery for the young girl. Camilla’s best friend, Luisa, ends their friendship when Camilla begins dating her brother. In an attempt to heal matters, Camilla’s parents decide to travel though Europe, putting Camilla in a Swiss boarding school. Bereft of family and friends at a crucial time in her life, Camilla displays a maturity beyond her years in dealing with her losses and coming to terms with the imperfections of parents, the vicissitudes of young friendships and the vagaries of life in general. One only wishes such a lovely child did not have to learn such truths so early.

    Camilla Macaulay (The Secret History) Camilla is a central character in Donna Tartt’s 1992 first novel, “The Secret History”. She is twin to Charles and, with him, part of a close group of six students in an honors program in a small, elite New England college. One of the students is murdered. The impact of this event upon the others and their implication in it is the crux of the novel, and Camilla’s role is both intriguing and unsavory. The narrator, Richard, is in unrequited love with Camilla, whose attachment to her brother seems both natural and unnatural at the same time. Camilla is lovely, intelligent and mysterious, and we are as drawn to her as is Richard. At the same time, she is a manipulative, dangerous, aloof ice-maiden protected by the trappings of wealth and, although indisputably part of the single-minded group, Camilla almost manages to wreak more havoc by herself than they do collectively. Keeping with the Greek mythological themes of the novel, Camilla’s fate is tragic, as she retreats to her familial home in isolation, left to caring for her aging grandmother.

    Camilla Tyrold (Camilla: A Picture of Youth) Camilla is the title character of Frances (“Fanny”) Burney’s highly popular novel, “Camilla, A Picture of Youth”, first published in 1796. The novel concerns the romantic escapades of Camilla and her fiancé, with overtones of an eighteenth century take on the generation gap. She is a pretty, spirited, generous and cheerful seventeen-year old in love with Edgar Mandlebert. As with the usual path of true love, nothing seems to run smoothly, and mistakes and misunderstandings litter that path. Camilla’s uncle, Sir Hugh, who loves to meddle in family affairs, decides that Edgar is a good match for his other niece, Indiana. Edgar, while drawn to Camilla, takes a friend’s advice, and looks for her flaws, while Camilla, although in love with him, takes her father’s advice and keeps her feelings from him. After many plot diversions and thickenings, the young lovers are paired, and everyone else is also neatly tied to an appropriate partner; financial woes are dispensed with, properties are settled, educations are accomplished and all ends well. Miss Burney was said to have been an influence on Jane Austen; be that as it may, Camilla, although a delightful character, is put through more travails in the pursuit of true love than anyone we can think of in Miss Austen’s novels. After all of that, we would just wish for her a partner who trod just a little more lightly and humorously upon the earth.

  • Popular Songs on Camilla

    Popular Songs on Camilla

    Camilla - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Camilla.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Camilla

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Camilla

    Camilla Chameleon (Colleen Sydor) - Camilla is a little strange-looking. But she's one talented girl. She can pick up a hopscotch rock without even bending over. She can look at her teacher with one eye and read a comic book with the other. And, best of all, she can blend in perfectly with her surroundings -- so that no one, not even her parents, can tell she's there. Camouflaging sure comes in handy when it's time for her to go to the doctor or clean out the class hamster cage for her teacher. But one day Camilla blows her cover and finds herself in the spotlight. Colleen Sydor's spirited story and Pascale Constantin's brilliantly quirky illustrations bring to life a wonderfully weird girl who discovers that standing out isn't so bad after all. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Camilla the Cupcake Fairy Sticker Activity Book (Make Believe Ideas) - Join Camilla the Fairy in her magical cupcake world! Each page of this cupcake shaped book is packed with deliciously different activities and games. Help the mischievous, but very well meaning, fairy as she bakes, decorates, and delivers to her friends the tastiest cupcakes in the world! With beautiful illustrations and over 1000 gorgeous stickers, Camilla the Cupcake Fairy's Sticker Book is as fun and satisfying as her beautiful bakes! Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Camilla the Cupcake Fairy's Best Friends (Tim Bugbird) - Camilla the Cupcake Fairy is excited to present all of her Best Friends. This magical story about her crazy adventures in her exciting world of cupcakes, fairies and sparkles will delight children and help them to learn to read for themselves! Discover the outcomes of her exciting adventure in this brand new reader that will entrance and delight children, and really encourage them to read for themselves. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Camilla the Cupcake Fairy's Magic Sprinkles (Tim Bugbird) - Camilla the Cupcake Fairy is excited to present Magic Sprinkles. This exciting reader tells the story of how Camilla finds some magic sprinkles that end up with undesirable consequences! Children will love to read about her crazy adventure in her exciting world of cupcakes, fairies and sparkles! Discover the outcomes of her exciting adventure in this brand new reader that will entrance and delight children, and really encourage them to read for themselves. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Camilla the Cupcake Fairy's Magic Wand (Tim Bugbird) - Camilla the Cupcake Fairy is excited to present Magic Wand, in which she faces the dilemma of whether to buy a brand new wand! Children will love her exciting world of cupcakes, fairies and sparkles. Discover the outcomes of Camilla's exciting adventure in this brand new reader that will entrance and delight children, and really encourage them to read for themselves. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    Camilla, the Cupcake Fairy (Tim Bugbird) - Camilla the Cupcake Fairy is filled with fun, rhyming text and beautiful illustrations. Camilla the Cupcake Fairy is excited to be given her very first wand, but her lack of experience leads to alarming results! However, with perseverance and the help of her friends she finally creates the tastiest ever cupcake topping! Simple, rhyming text and Lara Ede's beautiful, lively illustrations combine to create the exciting world of Camilla the Cupcake Fairy. Young children will love reading about Camilla's adventures and using their imagination to enter her world of cupcakes, fairies and sparkles! Recommended for ages 4-7.

  • Famous People Named Camilla

    Famous People Named Camilla

    Famous People Named Camilla - Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (wife of Charles, Prince of Wales); Camilla Belle (actress); Camilla Kerslake (British singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Camilla

    Children of Famous People Named Camilla

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Camilla - John Cleese (actor)

  • Historic Figures

    Camilla - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Camilla

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Camilla

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