Clelia
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The meaning of the name is famous, or glorious, as well as having been attributed to a Sanit Clelia Barberi, the patron saint of those ridiculed for their faith.
-- Anonymous User  4/4/2007
"Clelia or the priests' government" is a novel written by Giuseppe Garibaldi, the Italian military leader and politician, in 1867.
-- Lilya  1/27/2009
I know a girl named Clelie who is French, so that may be a French variant.
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  2/20/2009
My best friend is named Clelia. I think it is such a unique name! I believe it also means "glorious".
-- Laytonmobile  6/5/2009
This is such a beautiful name! It sounds so elegant, especially when said in Italian.
-- bananarama  3/7/2012
Clelia Tini, an Olympic swimmer from San Marino, is a famous bearer of this name.
-- AnastasiaE  7/27/2012
Clelia Garibaldi (1867-1959) was the daughter of Giuseppe Garibaldi and his third wife, Francesca Armosino. She was named after the protagonist of her father's aforementioned novel.
-- Buneary  2/10/2017
Clelia Durazzo Grimaldi, also known as Clelia Durazzo, was a botanist and marchesa in Genoa, Italy. She was the daughter of Giacomo Filippo Durazzo and Maddalena Pallavicini. Her father was a member of one of the most illustrious and aristocratic Genoese families, as well as a notable naturalist and bibliophile in his own right. After her marriage to Giuseppe Grimaldi of the House of Grimaldi, she dedicated herself to the study of botany, and in 1794 established a private botanical garden, the Giardino botanico Clelia Durazzo Grimaldi on the grounds of her residence, the Villa Durazzo-Pallavicini. She also collected some 5, 000 plant specimens in a herbarium, subsequently donated to the Civico Museo Doria di Storia Naturale di Genova.
-- cutenose  2/13/2017

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