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Quick Facts on Celia

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Italian, Latin, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 765
SEEL-yə (English); SEE-lee-ə (Spanish)
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Celia

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Celia

Celia is often considered the pet form of Cecilia, although the two names have different Latin etymologies. Celia is believed to be the feminine version of the Old Roman family name Caelius from the Latin “caelum” meaning “heaven” (whereas Cecilia is from “caecus” meaning “blind”). Although Celia is a name of ancient Roman origins, it was not used during the Middle Ages (probably because there was no saint associated with her). What prompted the usage of Celia among English-speakers was actually William Shakespeare. He used this name for a loveable character in his c. 1600 comedy “As You Like It”. Celia is Rosalind’s “pretty little coz” (cousin) with whom she pals around in the Forest of Arden (for more information, see literary references below). Celia is a name used among the English, Italians and Spanish most typically. It’s currently a Top 50 favorite in the countries of France, Spain and Belgium.

Popularity of the Name Celia

Celia was a moderately high ranking name at the beginning of the 20th century although she never managed to reach a Top 100 position. As the decades progressed into last century, Celia slowly diminished in usage. Interestingly the name got a little shot in the arm between 1983 and 1984 thanks to a character named Celia Quartermaine on General Hospital. Back in the 1980s, American parents were often inspired by soap opera characters when naming their children. Other than that hiccup, however, Celia continues on her path to rare usage. Because Celia is now so uncommon in the United States, she may be one to consider. The name actually fits perfectly within today’s fashionable naming trends: she has a little bit of that turn-of-the-century antique charm; she has that dainty and feminine “-ia” suffix; plus she enjoys Shakespearean literary appeal. The "heaven" etymology is also attractive to many parents (and a more subtle than Nevaeh!) The only caveat to this name is that it’s often mispronounced and/or confused with Cecilia.
Popularity of the Girl Name Celia
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Celia

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Celia

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Celia

    Celia (As You Like It) Celia is a character in William Shakespeare’s popular and much adapted comedy, As You Like It, believed to have been written in 1599/1600. Celia is the cousin and close friend of the heroine, Rosalind. Duke Frederick, Celia’s father, has usurped his younger brother, Duke Senior, Rosalind’s father, who lives in exile in the Forest of Arden. When Frederick banishes Rosalind in anger, she and Celia flee to the forest as well, but naturally, in disguise. What else? Rosalind is dressed as a man (but of course) and Celia passes herself off as a shepherdess. While Rosalind (as Ganymede) is toying with her lover, Orlando, Celia (as Aliena) wins the heart of Oliver, his older brother (and these brothers have as many problems as the older generation). After lots of intervening nonsense, everyone marries the right person, and just to put the icing on the cake, Frederick conveniently decides he’s been a bad boy and gives the throne back to Senior. Then Orlando and Oliver make up. All’s Well That Ends Well. Oh, wait, wrong play. Nonetheless, in spite of, or perhaps because of, all this confusion, our Celia comes across as a singularly appealing young woman. She cheerfully volunteers to accompany Rosalind in exile, only to be reduced to having to listen to that young woman’s plaints of love. This proves tiresome until Celia finds her own love, and then she is once again Rosalind’s equal – they have both fallen head over heels, and Celia’s once somewhat jaded eyes are opened – so that’s what all the fuss is about! Who knew?

    Celia (The Lady’s Dressing Room) Celia is the beautiful protagonist of Jonathan Swift’s 1732 satirical poem, “The Lady’s Dressing Room”. This nasty little snipe at women’s vanity has Celia’s lover, Strephon, venturing into her empty dressing room and becoming disillusioned by the odorous mess he finds there, realizing that the vision of loveliness he gazes upon daily is just that – a vision. The beautiful mistress is unmasked – indeed, she has bodily functions, she blows her nose, she spits, she has dandruff, she sweats and she smells. She is, in effect, a human being. Yes, yes, we know Master Swift is a master of satire, and so we should be appreciating his exhortation of the wrongs of a society that forces women into such subterfuge, and the less than lofty intentions of the men who have such ridiculous standards of unnatural beauty to which women must aspire. Sure, sure – but you know what? We think he was also being pretty snarky under the guise of satire. Swift was excoriated by his contemporary audience for the scatological nature of the poem- they shouldn’t have stopped there. (Well, some didn’t – check out Lady Mary Wortley Montagu’s reply.)

  • Popular Songs on Celia

    Popular Songs on Celia

    Celia - a song by Phil Ochs

    Celia of the Seals - a song by Donovan

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Celia

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Celia

    Celia and Granny Meg go to Paris (Margaret de Rohan) - Celia and Granny Meg Go to Paris: a survival guide is a charming children's story. It contains life lessons as well as historical facts about French life and how to be a polite tourist. In a rash moment, Granny Meg promises Celia, her eldest grandchild and only granddaughter, a three-day visit to Paris by Eurostar as a tenth birthday treat. During their time in Paris they will try to speak only French, something Celia's Dad feels would result in a very quiet few days if it ever actually happened. But Fate suddenly intervenes and their visit to Paris turns out to be anything but quiet... On Celia and Granny Meg's first afternoon, they are involved in an incident at the Eiffel Tower which catapults them into a different scenario. But even after an attempted theft the next morning, they fail to realize that they have become the targets of some very unpleasant characters who will stop at nothing to get what they want from them.. Before long, they are being followed all over Paris by dangerous criminals who are involved in a crime that threatens the security of the French Republic itself. It is then up to Celia and Granny Meg, the most unlikely crime fighting duo ever, to save the day. But first they must save themselves, and that might not be so easy... Inspired by true events, Celia and Granny Meg Go to Paris: a survival guide will appeal to children aged 9-12.

    Celia and the Fairies (Karen McQuestion) - When Celia Lovejoy's parents announce that her grandmother is coming to live with them, Celia is delighted. Now while her parents work at their toy company, she can spend time with Grammy instead of going to bossy Paul's house. When her grandmother tells stories about the fairies living in the woods behind Celia's house, her parents are quick to dismiss it. "Just a lot of nonsense," says her father with a wave of his hand. Her mother reminds her that a ten-year-old girl is too old to believe in magic. But if there are no fairies, how to explain the glimmers of light she sees from her balcony at night? And why does she dream of a fairy girl begging for help? All of the answers are in the woods, if only Celia is brave enough to find out. An engaging story sure to delight readers everywhere. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa (Veronica Chambers) - Everyone knows the flamboyant, larger-than-life Celia Cruz, the extraordinary salsa singer who passed away in 2003, leaving millions of fans brokenhearted. Indeed, there was a magical vibrancy to the Cuban salsa singer. To hear her voice or to see her perform was to feel her life-affirming energy deep within you. Relish the sizzling sights and sounds of her legacy in this glimpse into Celia’s childhood and her inspiring rise to worldwide fame and recognition as the Queen of salsa. Her inspirational life story is sure to sweeten your soul. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Celia lo que dice (Elena Fortún) - Celia, lo que dice ("What Celia Says") is the first in the series of children's novels by the famous Spanish author Elena Fortún. The novel is a collection of short stories first published in magazines in 1929. The stories, which were written from the perspective of a seven-year-old girl named Celia Gálvez de Montalbán, narrated the life of the protagonist living in Madrid with her family. Celia, who was an extremely popular character from her first appearance through the 1960s, was characterized as a girl who often questioned the world around her in ways that were both ingenuous and innocent. The other books in this series are called Celia en el colegio; Celia novelista; Celia en el mundo; Celia y sus amigos; and Celia madrecita. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Celia's Robot (Margaret Chang) - Ten-year-old Celia is messy and disorganized, so her father builds her a robot to turn her life around. High-tech Robot is part nanny, part housekeeper, and all friend, but Celia worries that Dad build Robot because he and Mom are too busy to take care of her. Then Robot goes missing, and Celia wonders if she's lost her father's love as well. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    My Name is Celia/Me llamo Celia (Monica Brown) - This bilingual book allows young readers to enter Celia Cruz's life as she becomes a well-known singer in her homeland of Cuba, then moves to New York City and Miami where she and others create a new type of music called salsa. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Oye, Celia! (Katie Sciurba) - A celebration of Celia Cruz, the legendary Queen of Salsa. A little girl carries her favorite record with her to an impromptu neighborhood dance party and calls out for her favorite singer. “Oye, Celia!” she shouts. And as she dances she tells Celia what she hears in her singing—loss, passion, sadness, happiness, history, and more. Oye, Celia! is a beautiful, rhythmic tribute to the Queen of Salsa—Celia Cruz. The personal telling, in a blend of English and Spanish, and the marvelously expressive illustrations will make this book irresistible to Celia’s many fans and even to those who aren’t familiar with her music. Oye, Celia! is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    The Book in the Attic (Melissa Gunther) - From the Celia’s Journey series, Book I. A mysterious book, unusual abilities, and a school that isn't quite what it seems - Celia Fincastle is about to step into a whole different world, and she has no idea what awaits her. She's got new friends and some big expectations for her future, but someone doesn't want her to stay. Celia must figure out who's behind the plot and stop it - fast - because there's more at stake than she realizes...Book II: Key to the Past and Book III: Flash of Red follow. Recommended for ages 13+

  • Famous People Named Celia

    Famous People Named Celia

    Famous People Named Celia - Celia Cruz (salsa performer); Celia Johnson (British actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Celia

    Children of Famous People Named Celia

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Celia - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Celia.

  • Historic Figures

    Celia - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Celia

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 - Celia

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