Quick Facts on Camilo
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Attendant of religious rituals
Characteristics of Camilo
Etymology & Historical Origin - Camilo
Camilo is a Spanish and Portuguese masculine name derived from the Old Roman family name Camillus. 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 ancient altar boy). The cognomen (i.e., nickname) Camillus was bestowed upon these acolytes (young religious attendants) for identification purposes and eventually became part of the boys’ hereditary name which is how Camillus endured beyond Antiquity. However, what helped the spread of Camilo among Spanish and Portuguese speakers were not these ancient pagan altar boys, but rather a 16th century Italian saint. St. Camillus de Lellis (1550-1614) was the founder of a religious order known as the Camillians, or “Ministers to the Sick”. St. Camillus dedicated himself to the sick and wounded, especially victims of the Bubonic plague and soldiers hurt in battle. Apropos, Camillus is the patron saint to hospitals, doctors/nurses and the sick and his Feast Day is July 14. It was mainly in honor of this saint that the masculine names Camillo (Italian), Camille (French) and Camilo (Portuguese/Spanish) became popularized in Western Europe from the 17th century onward. The Spanish Camilo is most popular in the country of Chile right now where it’s ranked in the Top 50. Milo is a possible nickname.
Popularity of the Name Camilo
English-speakers don’t really use the Camillus name on boys like the French, Italians, Portuguese and Spanish have traditionally. Probably because by the time St. Camillus was do-gooding across Italy well enough to achieve beatification and canonization, the English Church had broken with Rome. The new reigning religion of England, i.e, Protestantism, doesn’t buy into the Catholic “saint thing” (they saw saints as a serious distraction from Christ). But Catholics throughout the rest of Europe (including Ireland) were still embracing names of venerated saints to bestow on their children in honor of their faith. In any case, Camila and Camille are massively popular girl names in the United States, but Camilo is hardly ever used on boys. The fact that he’s even on the charts at all in recent years is due to the crazy-trendy female Camila. Why not Camilo? It’s a cool name for a guy, too. Just ask the French; Camille is one of the few unisex names in France.
Popularity of the Boy Name Camilo
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Camilo
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Camilo
Camilo We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Camilo.
Popular Songs on Camilo
Camilo - a song by State Radio
Children's Books on the Baby Name Camilo
Camilo Adventure Board Books (Sigmar) - These Spanish edition books follow the adventures of Camilo the bear on the mountain, in the garden and at the beach. Titles are: Camilo en la Montana; Camilo en el jardin; and Camilo en la playa. All in Spanish language. Recommended for children 3-6.
Famous People Named Camilo
Famous People Named Camilo - Camilo Villegas (Columbian golfer); Camilo José Cela (Spanish Nobel Prize winner for literature); Camilo Pascual (baseball player); Camilo Sesto (Spanish singer); Camilo Castelo Branco (Portuguese writer); Camilo Cienfuegos (Cuban revolutionary); Camilo Mori (Chilean painter)
Children of Famous People Named Camilo
Famous People Who Named Their Son Camilo - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Camilo.
Camilo - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Camilo - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Camilo.
Personality of the Boy Name Camilo
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Variations of the Baby Name - Camilo