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Quick Facts on Camille

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 243
Simple meaning:
Acolyte of religious rituals (an attendant)

Characteristics of Camille

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Camille

Camille is the French equivalent of Camilla, the 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 the baby Camilla. He safely hurled her to the other side 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. As a French name, it’s no surprise that Camille ranked as the 7th most popular name for girls in France. As a unisex name, Camille is also used for boys in France and ranked in at position #134 (2009). Camille is also quite popular as a girl’s name in Québec, Canada; Belgium and the French speaking portion of Switzerland. Here in the United States, the French-spirited state of Louisiana puts Camille on its Top 100 list. This name is also quite popular in Slavic countries where it is commonly spelled with a K.

Popularity of the Name Camille

The name Camille has been used for females in the United States for well over a century. Back in the late 1880s (when the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends), Camille enjoyed moderately low usage. Native English speakers have traditionally favored the more elaborate Latin form of the name: Camilla. But the French took this three syllable beauty and shortened it to a more elegant sounding two syllables. They actually pronounce it ca-MEE rather than Americans who are more apt to pronounce it ca-MEEL. We think both are beautiful sounding names. Camilla Parker-Bowles helped put this name back on the map in America, but the French Camille has always remained a quiet mainstay on the U.S. popularity charts. Camille is an all around gorgeous choice for a little girl. It’s familiar but not ordinary. Elegant but not elaborate. French but not snooty. Simple but not boring. Derived from an old Roman name from the days of paganism, Camille is an ancient, timeless classic. It can also be shortened to the cute pet names Cammie or Millie.
Popularity of the Girl Name Camille
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Camille

  • Popular Songs on Camille

    Popular Songs on Camille

    Camille - a song by David Olney

    Camille - an opera by Hamilton Forrest

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Camille

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Camille

    Camille (Tess Oliver) - At a time when society conforms to the strictest rules and most proper etiquette, sixteen-year-old Camille Kennecott and her guardian, Dr. Bennett, live a most unconventional life. They hunt werewolves. When unwitting victim, Nathaniel Strider, wanders into one of their full moon pursuits, Camille and Dr. Bennett believe they have found a specimen for their study. Finding a scientific key to unlocking the mystery of lycanthropy would end their late night excursions. Yet beneath the irresistible exterior, Nathaniel is transforming into a flesh-tearing monster, and as each experiment fails, Camille loses another inch of her soul to him. In a month’s time, she must face the prospect of destroying the boy who has stolen her heart. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Camille and the Sunflowers (Laurence Anholt) - Based on a true encounter, this tells the story of a small boy named Camille who befriends the troubled painter Vincent van Gogh when he comes to live in a village in the Dutch countryside. Camille is heartbroken because most of the local people jeer at the artist, who never sells a picture. Some of Anholt's illustrations are based on famous van Gogh scenes (the view of his bedroom, for example); Anholt also includes reproductions of actual paintings, such as van Gogh's Sunflowers, and portraits of Camille and his family. This book will show children how art transforms ordinary things. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Camille McPhee Fell Under the Bus… (Kristen Tracy) - Fair means just, equitable, what is right. Unfair is all about the life of Camille McPhee. Imagine being Camille McPhee. She has low blood sugar, so she carries extra food in a cooler. Would you want to do that? Didn’t think so. And you wouldn’t want to fall under the school bus. That happened to Camille, too! Her cat, Checkers, is lost. And her best friend, Sally, moved to Japan. It would be hard to stay optimistic, right? But Camille is what her mom calls hopeful. Because really? There are plenty of things to be positive about: gifted reading, a non-squeaky mattress, eating banned foods, the big blue butterfly. Even making a new friend. Imagine that! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Camille Pissarro (Mike Venezia) - Presents a biography of the great Camille Pissarro Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Camille's Team (Stuart J. Murphy) - For happier, healthier, more confident children! Camille loves to build sand forts at the beach. But it's hard to build a big fort alone. Camille and her friends make a plan. They find that they can get more done--and have more fun--when they work together. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Camille

    Famous People Named Camille

    Famous People Named Camille - Camille (French singer); Camille Pissarro (painter); Camille Anna Paglia (author); Hurricane Camille (1969); Camille Claudel (French sculptor); Camille Javal (birth name of Brigitte Bardot); Camille Bancroft (model); Camille Bombois (painter); Camille Corot (painter); Camille Desmoulins (author); Camille Hilaire (painter); Camille Jones (model); Camille Laguire (writer); Camille Laurens (writer); Camille Pert (writer); Camille Pin (tennis player); Camille Saint-Saëns (composer); Camille Lache Smith (actress); Camille Souter (painter); Camille Sullivan (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Camille

    Children of Famous People Named Camille

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Camille - Princess Stephanie of Monaco (royalty)

Personality of the Girl Name Camille

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Camille

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