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The late Celia Cruz was one of the most popular singers in the history of Latin music.
-- Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005
William Shakespeare used this name in his comedy 'As You Like It'.
-- Arrows  11/22/2005
I'm English, and I've never heard this name pronounced with 2 syllables, always 3, see-lee-a.
-- Anonymous User  5/7/2006
It's my mommy's name and one side of the family (the Irish side) says it sil-yah. The other side (the Mexican side) pronounces it see-lee-yah.
-- Anonymous User  8/9/2006
I have come to really like this name. It is very pretty, elegant and dainty.
-- Anonymous User  10/23/2006
I love this name not only because it's my mom's name but it's so beautiful and very rare. Since we're Mexican we pronounce it like (ceee-leee-ya) not (cel-ee-a).
-- ALEX.ANDRA  10/26/2006
A couple of other literary bearers: a character in _Capulets and Montagues_ a famous early 17th century play by Lope de Vega, which, as the name suggests, is a different take on the Romeo and Juliet story. Also, in George Eliot's famous novel _Middlemarch_, the heroine's (Dorothea) sister is called Celia. However, I've never come across a Celia who plays a major role. Has anyone?
-- Leonore  12/1/2006
Celia Rees is a novelist who has written timeless novels such as 'Witch Child', 'Sorceress' and 'Pirates'. She is a truly talented author, and her books are really well written.
-- Surreal  1/13/2007
Célie is the French form of the name.
-- lillinparadise  1/29/2007
I pronounce this as SEEL-yah, it's easier to say.
-- dreadfulxsorry  1/31/2007
If you name a girl Celia, people will always say 'Cecelia?' and you will have to answer 'No. Just Celia' EVERY TIME. It's a beautiful name, but you have been warned.
-- Anonymous User  12/6/2007
This is one of my favorite names. It's heard of, but rather uncommon and its got a cute meaning. I absolutely love the Italian pronunciation, but if you don't have the accent it kind of butchers it. I'm surprised it isn't more popular (and glad), I much prefer it to Cecelia.
-- pandasayscynical  12/22/2007
I've always pronounced it CHEL-ya. I think it's prettier than See-lee-a, but to each his own. :)
-- rain-angel03  3/23/2008
I happen to like this name. It is my middle name. I pronounce it like SEAL-YAH.
-- kcp123  4/9/2008
It's a pretty name, but I prefer Cecilia. This is easily the best nickname for a Cecilia. I can't stand Cissy.
-- slight night shiver  5/18/2008
The anonymous guy was right. "Cecelia?" No. Celia. "Cecelia?" No. Celia.
I hate the name Cecelia. Sounds like a disease or like you have a stutter. Love the name Celia.
-- amishigloo  6/25/2008
Celia can also be used as a short form of Lucille.

In Limburgish, the name Celia is also used - but nearly always as a short form of Cecilia.
-- Lucille  10/18/2008
This is a Polish variant, too.
-- Anonymous User  1/5/2009
I'm using this name for my story because it is overly beautiful. She is called Cici though. She pronounces it "Seel-E-uh".
-- italiannames  10/31/2009
Celia (also Cecilia, Latin Sancta Caecilia) is the patron saint of musicians and church music. Her saint day is 22nd November.
-- Wendy Wheeler  11/15/2009
My name is Celia and people always have trouble pronouncing it. I always get called CeCilia or Cee-lee or some variation of the two. It gets frustrating, but I love my name. It's unique, because you don't meet many Celias.
-- sobriquet87  4/13/2010
This is really pretty!
-- Joy12  5/4/2011
Celia Bradley was a child character from the Disney movie, The Apple Dumpling Gang.
-- Anonymous User  5/13/2011
This name has been ruined for me ever since reading "The Lady's Dressing Room" by Jonathan Swift, where the girl Celia is described in the most disgusting ways.
-- Diest  9/25/2011
Celia Keenan-Bolger is an American stage actress. She was nominated for a Tony for her role in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and played Éponine in the 2006 Broadway revival of Les Misérables.
-- faelivrin  10/22/2011
Celia is a beautiful, classical name. It reminds me of someone who would be elegant and artistic.
-- Hushpuppy  11/16/2011
I love this name! I first saw it in Shakespeare's work "As You Like It" and fell in love! I second that it's "elegant and artistic" and it would be great with the middle name Olive. It could also be used as a feminine version of Seeley, in honor of Seeley Booth from the TV show BONES.
-- Meapergirl  12/18/2011
Celia Ammerman was a contestant on the 12th season of "America's Next Top Model".
-- Anonymous User  3/11/2012
Celia Bowen was one of the main characters in Erin Morgenstern's beautifully written 2011 novel 'The Night Circus.'
-- fairy lights  7/4/2012
The fact that the first syllable of this name sounds like the word 'seal' used to be slightly off-putting to me, but the name has grown on me and I rather like it now. I also think that it can stand on its own and doesn't have to be a nickname for anything.
-- Anonymous User  7/4/2012
I have loved this name since I saw it in a video game when I was a kid! If I ever have a daughter, this will be her name! It's the most beautiful name.
-- Anonymous User  1/7/2013
Celia Fiennes (1662-1741), a plucky unmarried lady from a noble English family, who between 1684 and 1703 travelled the length and breadth of England sidesaddle on her horse, and wrote about her impressions of the localities she saw.
-- Just Jonquil  2/18/2013
There is a YA novel titled 'Feeling Sorry for Celia' by Jaclyn Moriarty.
-- Anonymous User  7/27/2013
Terrible old lady name. It reminds me of cilia (microscopic hair-like structures found in places like your intestine).
-- Anonymous User  10/18/2013
Celia de Bohun/Celia Marsden is the protagonist of Anya Seton's novel Green Darkness.
-- shadow1999  1/15/2014
My name is Celia. Mine is supposed to be pronounced as "sel yah" but most people pronounce it as "seel yah". I used to correct people when they mispronounced it, but I don't anymore. Eventually I got used to "seel yah".
FYI, there's a poem by Ben Jonson called "Song to Celia":

Song: to Celia [“Drink to me only with thine eyes”]

Drink to me only with thine eyes,
And I will pledge with mine;
Or leave a kiss but in the cup,
And I’ll not look for wine.
The thirst that from the soul doth rise
Doth ask a drink divine;
But might I of Jove’s nectar sup,
I would not change for thine.

I sent thee late a rosy wreath,
Not so much honouring thee
As giving it a hope, that there
It could not withered be.
But thou thereon didst only breathe,
And sent’st it back to me;
Since when it grows, and smells, I swear,
Not of itself, but thee.
-- Anonymous User  7/4/2014
This is a name I absolutely can't stand, sorry!

However, I really like Cecilia.
-- fugfacedmermaid  11/28/2014
Celia Hills (also known as Otonashi Haruna) is a character in Inazuma Eleven.
-- Anonymous User  12/1/2014
I can't stand the name Celia. I hate the sound of it. Bleh! >:/
-- Anonymous User  12/16/2014
Actually, I've changed my mind about the name Celia. I think it sounds very pretty and cute! You never expect names that you originally dislike to grow on you! ^_^
-- Anonymous User  7/25/2015
Beautiful, classic, literary, and not too common!
-- Anonymous User  8/25/2015

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