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Pronounced Pron. uh-zee-lee-uh (English)
Other Forms FormsAzélie (French)
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Contributor Contrib.Frollein Gladys on 5/30/2014
Azelia was first recorded in the 19th century. Its origin is uncertain and highly debated; some scholars argue that it might be a feminization of the biblical name Azel. Others theorize that it might be a belated resurrection of the Puritan name Azaliah which, while originally a biblical male name, was in use as a feminine name in the English-speaking world of the 17th century. Others again claim that it might have been influenced by, if not derived from, the Greek term azélia "freedom from jealousy", while yet another group of academics conclude a derivation from the name Azalea and, in the case of the French name Azélie that appeared around the same time, a possible derivation from Azalaïs.