I really like the name Celia. I used to like Cecilia more, and I still do love Cecilia, but these days I'm more drawn to Celia. I think though that Celine and Celeste are better than Celia. Celia feels really angelic to me, and celestial and heavenly indeed, it has so much subtle charm. I like both the English and the Polish pronunciation.
When I think of the name Celia, I see a girl in her early 20's. She has light blond hair, fair skin, green-ish eyes, is slim and medium-height. She is very graceful and full of very fresh, youthful charm and energy. She is likeable, warm, engaging and interested in others, as well as deeply empathetic. She likes to laugh, smiles a lot and likes to make others happy. She is modest, humble and very kind and respectful towards everyone, especially those who are older than her. She is very gentle and calm and has a calming effect on her surroundings. She is an introvert and may be a bit shy, but she does enjoy company of other people, but just doesn't like huge, loud gatherings. She is bookish and outdoorsy, very serious about her responsibilities. She is a real lover of beauty in all its forms. She may appreciate things like classical music and poetry more than your average human being, could be a talented writer herself. She is very sensitive and usually is interested in things to do with spirituality/religion. When she feels comfortable with someone she can become very chatty. She is an idealist and a romantic at heart, spends a lot of time daydreaming. She is fascinated by all things mysterious, unusual, strange, unexplained etc. She likes to live as minimalistically as possible, and enjoys travelling which allows her to have a taste of different cultures. She is a very good observer. She is a loving, forgiving and caring person but she does know what healthy boundaries are. She is very bright and intelligent, diplomatic, and has a subtle, innocent sense of humour. She likes to communicate with others, learn more about people, meet different kinds of people and observe them, hear their stories, she's genuinely interested in others. She can be very supportive and understanding. She loves animals. She has a natural air of elegance and gentleness around her. She can be very dedicated and sacrifice a lot for her loved ones, or people that she works with, because she tends to chose jobs that involve caring for others, supporting them or helping them in some significant ways. Justice is one of her most important values.
I don't know anyone with the name Celia, so this is just a description of how I imagine a Celia, rather than what I think all Celias are or should be like.
mairinn  5/24/2020
Celia is the name of a Portuguese (European) speech synthesiser developed by Acapela Group.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2020
Celia Briar is a Celtic harpist from New Zealand based in the UK.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2020
In Polish Celia is pronounced TSE-lyah.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2020
As a few other people have already mentioned, Celia is also used in Poland, although it's quite a rare name and has never been popular, Cecylia, Celina or even Celestyna are more popular. Unlike in English, in Polish Celia seems to be used exclusively as a stand-alone name rather than a diminutive of Cecylia or any other similar-sounding name, at least I don't know of such usage. Last year (2019) 2 girls were given the name Celia as a first name, and the name was #636 in the girls' first names' ranking. It was not used as a middle.
Nicknames may include: Cela, Celka, Cesia, Celunia, Celusia, Celinka, Celisia, Celcia, Celi, Celijka...
I don't know if Celia has an actual name day of its own in Polish calendars, can't think of any, but I guess a Celia could celebrate her name day together with Celestyna (6 April), Cecylia (22 November) or Celina (15 December).
― Anonymous User  5/24/2020
My daughter is Celia Rosalie. The amount of compliments we have received over the 10 years she has been on this earth is amazing. I think it’s so beautiful and unique. I love that it seems so universal, being used in many countries and backgrounds.
sami84681  1/7/2020
I love the name Celia. It’s so delightful.
nylonpanda  12/22/2019
Closely resembles Caelia, another name which I strongly love.
wh0sbad  7/25/2019
I've always been called Celia. My parents have me a really long version of the name in Italian. Consiglia. The "g" is silent.
My friends call me Ceil. The name is different. I love it.
Celia1961inSC  7/22/2019
Celia Cruz is a Cuban singer with her most famous songs being, “Quimbara” and “Rie y Llora”.
SeptemberOctober  6/11/2019
I would definitely name my baby after me! I was named from my Mother's middle name "Cecelia" just shortened to "Celia"! I have received compliments on my name since a young child, teachers always would sing "Ohhh CeCelia, you're breaking my heart" a popular song by Simon & Garfunkel- I love that my name is unique! YES, cilia is hair in your nose and other body parts that clean mucus, YES CeCilia is Latin for blind -"CELIA" MEANS HEAVENLY, FROM HEAVEN OR ANGELIC AS IT IS THE FEMININE FORM OF Caelius a Roman Family name. I'm not sure why anyone would make fun of another person's name, insecure and mean I guess, we're all entitled to our opinions, but remember what you put out is what you get back!
CeliaAnn  10/23/2018
In 2018, 58 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Celia who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 1, 048th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/11/2018
Sounds like cilia, the part of the body that cleans mucus. Besides, it means blind.
kayisforkeen  8/12/2018
The name Celia was given to 339 girls born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Celia are female.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
Celia de Fréine is a poet, playwright, screenwriter and librettist who writes in Irish and English. Celia de Fréine was born in Newtownards, County Down. At an early age she moved with her family to Dublin, maintaining strong links with her extended family in the North. She was educated at University College Dublin and Lancaster University. She has worked as a Civil Servant and as a teacher and now divides her time between Dublin and Connemara.
cutenose  5/4/2017
Not bad. Immediately brings Monsters, Inc. To mind, and also cilia.
I think Cecilia and Cecile are much nicer.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  2/28/2017
Famous bearer of this name is model Celia Kay.
lilolaf  1/25/2017
Lol, so many good comments. I am a Celia. My family and close friends call me Seal which I love. I get the Cecilia thing too - I usually answer with "Ba-bob - did I stutter? How about you Ka-karl? Did I stutter?" I get laughs and no one says it wrong again.

I'm glad it's classic and uncommon, made school easier. I also am artistic, zany and unabashed - I think it suits me quite well.

And no - it is not a made up name! I get that a lot.

I hear it is making a comeback because many classic names are so common. It is an old lady name, but still.
― Anonymous User  9/29/2016
There is a song by Simon and Garfunkle called Cecilia. You know the one, Oh Cecelia, you're breaking my heart...
Crookshanks  8/23/2016
I love this name! My first born daughter is named Celia and when she says it I am always amazed at how beautiful it sounds coming from her mouth! She is just as beautiful as her name! I can't think of a better name for her! Thank you for the poem anonymous! It's so beautiful and for sure I will be sending it to my daughter! For anyone thinking of naming your baby Celia... Do it! No matter how you say it... your child will say it the best and the most beautifully! ;)
behindmyname1213  5/2/2016
A famous fictional Celia is Mike's girlfriend in the Disney Pixar movie "Monsters, Inc." I can't believe someone hasn't mentioned her. She is a one-eyed secretary with snakes for hair. I like the name, it's very pretty.
THErockLady  2/1/2016
Beautiful, classic, literary, and not too common!
― Anonymous User  8/25/2015
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
Celia Hills (also known as Otonashi Haruna) is a character in Inazuma Eleven.
― Anonymous User  12/1/2014
This is a name I absolutely can't stand, sorry!

However, I really like Cecilia.
fugfacedmermaid  11/28/2014
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
Celia de Bohun/Celia Marsden is the protagonist of Anya Seton's novel Green Darkness.
shadow1999  1/15/2014
Terrible old lady name. It reminds me of cilia (microscopic hair-like structures found in places like your intestine).
― Anonymous User  10/18/2013
There is a YA novel titled 'Feeling Sorry for Celia' by Jaclyn Moriarty.
― Anonymous User  7/27/2013
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
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 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
Celia Ammerman was a contestant on the 12th season of "America's Next Top Model".
― Anonymous User  3/11/2012
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 is a beautiful, classical name. It reminds me of someone who would be elegant and artistic.
Hushpuppy  11/16/2011
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
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 Bradley was a child character from the Disney movie, The Apple Dumpling Gang.
― Anonymous User  5/13/2011
This is really pretty!
Joy12  5/4/2011
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
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
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
This is a Polish variant, too.
― Anonymous User  1/5/2009
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
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
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
I happen to like this name. It is my middle name. I pronounce it like SEAL-YAH.
kcp123  4/9/2008
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
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
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
I pronounce this as SEEL-yah, it's easier to say.
― Anonymous User  1/31/2007
Célie is the French form of the name.
lillinparadise  1/29/2007
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
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
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
I have come to really like this name. It is very pretty, elegant and dainty.
― Anonymous User  10/23/2006
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'm English, and I've never heard this name pronounced with 2 syllables, always 3, see-lee-a.
― Anonymous User  5/7/2006
William Shakespeare used this name in his comedy 'As You Like It'.
Arrows  11/22/2005
The late Celia Cruz was one of the most popular singers in the history of Latin music.
Phoenix Flower  10/1/2005

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