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PronouncedPron.SEEL-yə English
SEE-lee-ə English
THE-lya European Spanish
SE-lya Latin American Spanish

Meaning & History

Feminine form of the Roman family name CAELIUS. Shakespeare used it in his play 'As You Like It' (1599), which introduced the name to the English-speaking public at large. It is sometimes used as a short form of CECILIA.
VariantsCece, Cissy, Sissie, Sissy English
Masculine FormCecil English
Other Languages & CulturesCaecilia, Caelia Ancient Roman Cecilija Croatian Cecílie, Cecilie Czech Cecilie, Cecilia, Cille, Silje, Sille Danish Cécile, Cecilia, Cilla, Silke Dutch Cecilia, Silja Finnish Cécile French Cäcilia, Cäcilie, Caecilia, Cecilia, Silke, Zilla German Cecília, Cili Hungarian Sheila, Síle Irish Cecilia Italian Cecilie, Cecilia, Silje Norwegian Cecylia Polish Cecília, Célia, Cila Portuguese Cecilia Romanian Tsetsiliya Russian Sìleas Scottish Cecília Slovak Cecilija, Cilka Slovene Cecilia, Cilla Swedish
Same SpellingCélia
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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute