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I prefer the spelling Cecilia. It is a very beautiful name.
-- Anonymous User  10/31/2006
There is a novelist named Cecelia Ahern.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Fantastic American historical novelist, Cecelia Holland.
-- Anonymous User  12/2/2007
"Sorcery & Cecelia" in the first book in a trilogy about two proper young ladies, the cousins Cecelia and Kate, and their misadventures in Regency England high society. After reading the book I found that I liked this spelling better than "Cecilia."
-- Anonymous User  8/3/2008
This name is graceful, it's so beautiful.
-- L0ck3t  1/19/2009
This spelling would never work where I live. To me it looks like it's pronounced seh-SEH-lee-ah instead of seh-SEE-lee-ah.
-- Anonymous User  7/21/2009
I like the spelling Cecilia so much better.
-- -Julia-  8/19/2009
I love this spelling! It looks so much more elegant to me. It's easier to pronounce for me as well. I sometimes want to read Cecilia as "Seh-sill-ee-uh" because of Cilia from Life Science. That's actually a really unpleasant association. Plus, I think this spelling lends itself better to nicknames like CeCe/Cece and Celia.
-- tigerlily0909  11/23/2010
This spelling was actually slightly more popular than Cecilia from the 1880s through the early 1900s. Cecelia peaked in 1907 at #174. That was not super popular, but it was a bit more popular than Cecilia at #214. However, Cecilia is now much, much less popular. It is way down at #738 as opposed to Cecilia's #265.
(All of this information is taken from the social security website: www.ssa.gov/OACT/babynames).
-- tigerlily0909  11/23/2010
I used to not like this name, but it's growing on me. I've only met one person named Cecelia, (although it might've been Cecilia, I like Cecelia a little more) and she went by cici, which I think is cute :)
-- Oohvintage  1/13/2013
Cecelia Bellomy, American playwright and actress.
-- lizajeansunbeam  7/18/2014
This is one of my favorite girl names right now, although I used to hate the name. Now I love it, but only with the spelling Cecelia. I can't stand the Cecilia spelling. It is a beautiful name, though, and I'm not sure why I hated it so much!
-- LoverOfNames  4/19/2015
St Cecilia, patron saint of music, was blind, hence why most sites say that the name means "blind". I read that St Cecilia was noted to love music and singing and continued singing right up until her martyrdom.
-- queen_vic  10/4/2015
I much prefer this spelling. It seems more intuitive to me, that Celia is spelled thus, and Cecelia should too. And as previous poster's commented, cilia is a biological term. I also agree that Cecelia is more intuitive spelling for the nickname Cece.
I also used to dislike this name, for me it was childish associations with it sounding like seals/sea lions. Of course now I don't think that! And it is on my short list as a possible name for my second daughter. It is sophisticated, pretty and meaningful name choice. Especially for Catholics and Christians who love music and singing!
-- queen_vic  10/4/2015
I don't like this spelling, but that's just me because I always prefer the authentic spellings, and although Cecelia is not a stretch, Cecilia just looks more elegant.
-- lordybass  11/22/2015
This is my confirmation name and I only recently realized (I've been confirmed for a few years) that on the certificate it says "Cecelia" instead of "Cecilia" which, even though it's not my legal name, I've been thinking was Cecilia all along. Now I'm kind of glad it's Cecelia because as other people mentioned the -cilia is a bit too "cell anatomy" for me.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2016

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