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Another meaning of the name Priscilla that I have seen a lot online is primordial. I think this gives the name a certain mysterious and beautiful quality.
This kinda makes me think of "Princess".
In my opinion, it has pretty sound. I knew some girls with this name. I hate the nickname Prissy because it sounds like a stripper name.
Just gorgeous. The slightly haughty air makes it all the more light and playful.
Unfortunately, rhymes with "gorilla". So, no.
I love this name. If I have girl twins in the future I will name them Priscilla and Castilla.
Priscilla seems very kind and sweet. Love this name. :)
I like it because of Elvis Presley's wife!
Yes, it is definitely a shame that Priscilla is a name commonly associated with the typical cocky and sly characters. There are many people who do not like this name for that reason and in part I understand them, but that does not mean that. Priscilla is still a very beautiful name if we remove that association, like others like Petula or Primula. We have to change that.
Priscilla is my friend's name and I think it's amazing! This name is very unique and it sounds sweet. For me, I love it.
I actually sort of like my name. It is rare and unique, here in Europe I get constant compliments. For others it's a bit too long to grasp so they call me "Prissy" or "Pris", I hate those nicknames, especially the few that call me "Pri Pri", It makes me feel like the meaning (Search up Prissy). I prefer to go by "Scilla" OR "Cee". I was the only one in my 1000 student school with the name so it felt cool I suppose. HOWEVER, people associate the name with mean, stuck up people and it is definitely nothing like me or the other about 6 Priscillas' I have met here (including my second cousin). I'm actually sort of quiet but bubbly and I strive to make people happy! Please do not think all Priscilla's are bullies! Some might be out there in the world, but not ALL. I like my name, it makes me feel sophisticated when I first tell people and when I write, not to forget the compliments I get, all because my parents named me Priscilla. It also makes up for the fact that I have a weird middle name :/...No, Priscilla Presley and Queen of the desert had NOTHING to do with my parents naming me, it was a really popular name in their ancestral country in West Africa so probably heard it too many times. My dad chose it but oddly, always forgets how to spell it and just calls me "Pris". All my aunts call me "Prin-cilla" and I guess I got used to people somehow messing up my name...But never call me "Cecillia", that's a whole other level of butchering my name!
A quintessential "mean girl" name. It also comes off as elitist and, of course, prissy. A big nope for this name.
Priscilla- I love the name, am thankful to my mom for naming me that. Am always feeling special when am called by the name and most time my brother calls me Prisca. Priscilla is my official name, it is a nice name.
Ugh! I hate the name Priscilla, it sounds stuck-up and horrid, as well as over-girlish and old-fashioned. I don’t get how anyone could love this name. It’s unpopular, but lots of people do seem to like it. I don’t think I’ll grow to like it.
Lovely name. I also like the shortening Prissy, it makes me think of Prissy Andrews from Anne of Green Gables/ Anne with an e.
English (Pri) (sil) (uh)

Spanish (Pree) (see) (luh)
Priscilla is a beautiful name! It sounds very elegant and royal ;)
Although I will never to get the chance to use this name, I think it’s wonderful and why not give your child Priscilla? ;)
This is one of those names that I ABSOLUTELY hated in the past years, but love now. I even named a book character that name. It grew on me in 2018.
I was so jealous of girls named this as a kid! I thought she was special somehow, like royalty. Later I saw her more realistically.
I think it's beautiful but hate the nickname Prissy.
Very regal and royal. It sounds like princess.
I don't like the nickname Prissy. And the meaning ancient. But this name doesn't deserve all the hate it's getting. There's nothing trashy about the name Priscilla.
Priscilla Grant is a character in the book Anne of Green Gables. She is one of Anne's friends from Queens.
I think of a woman with a snobby attitude when I hear this name.
This is my name. I got teased for it but I like it, it’s different. My friends always called me Pripri or Cilla.
That's my real name, and I hate it because my mom's terrible ex-husband was the one that named me it. It's actually a lovely name, and I like how it means ancient. It definitely gives off an old world feel. I just really hate my Mom's ex-husband, so it aggravates me to have the name. I go by either Scilla or Salla. I wouldn't mind naming a son Priscus.
Priscilla Ahn is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She released her single "Dream" from her debut album, A Good Day, produced by Joey Waronker for EMI's Blue Note Records, in 2008. After growing up in Pennsylvania and graduating from high school, Ahn moved to Los Angeles, California, adopted her mother's Korean maiden name and began to pursue a music career.
I love the name Priscilla. It's such an unusual and eccentric name and it is so refreshing to the ear I hope it regains some of its lost ground in terms of its popularity within the English speaking world :-)
Priscilla Chan Wai-han is a singer from Hong Kong. She attended Marymount Secondary School in Happy Valley, Hong Kong. As a teenager she would often enter singing contests, and eventually got discovered by a recording company. She currently lives in Happy Valley, Hong Kong.
Priscilla Chan is an American philanthropist and pediatrician. She is the wife of Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder and CEO of Facebook. As of 2015, she and her husband have pledged more than $1.6 billion to charities. In December 2015, they pledged to donate 99% of their Facebook shares, valued at $45 billion, to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic and political action company that focuses on health and education.

Chan was born in Braintree, Massachusetts, and grew up in Quincy, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. Her parents were ethnic Chinese refugees who fled Vietnam in refugee boats. She grew up speaking Cantonese and served as an interpreter for her grandparents. She has two younger sisters. In 2003, she graduated as class valedictorian from Quincy High School, and was voted "class genius" by her classmates. According to a Facebook post by Mark Zuckerberg, Chan is a Buddhist.
Pretty and not too common.
My middle name is Priscilla and I want my first name changed to it because my first name is too hard for Americans to say, it's just embarrassing.
This is my name and I love it. I go by Scilla and Seal. I've only ever met two other people with my name and I prefer a name like this to one like Lindsay or Alistair where you meet at least 20 in your lifetime.
My name is Priscila and I LOVE IT!. It's so elegant, pretty, soft and feminine.
My friends called me Pri or Priqui (I love my nickname as well).
My mom chose this name for me, because she thinks all the Priscilas are very beloved women.
Priscilla Ahn is a beautiful wonderful singer:
This is my name and I love it! It's beautiful and unique (I'd like to know where it's common because I've only met a handful in my nearly 40 years of travel and metropolitan living and I'm the only one most of my friends have ever met). I don't like the Presley comparison because I was not named for her, so as a teen I wasn't a big fan because it seemed like people either made that connection or didn't get it when I told them my name & would call me Patricia instead (still the most common name mistake I get when people think they remember my name). I've never had people presume to call me nicknames, but I've let my close friends call me Cil and Cilla after little kids I worked with used those since three syllables were too much.
My name is Priscilla, and I don't mind it. Everyone seems to hate the nicknames for this name but there is one everyone seems have missed, Cil! That's what I personally go by, and I really like it.
My name is Priscila spelt with only one 'L'. Mine is the Spanish/Portugese spelling. I really like the name. I feel like it really suits me. I get heaps of nicknames but most people just call me Priscila. Some nicknames I get are - Priscilly, Cil, Cila, Pris, P, Lilla, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Priscilla Presley, Priscila the Gorilla, Vanilla Priscila, Cilly, Pia.. I don't really mind the nicknames. I personally think they're fun and different and it shows how creative my name can be. Also, it took time for me to actually appreciate how awesome my name was because I always get called Priscila Queen of the Desert and I used to hate it but now I just embrace and love it and I find it so fun when people find new nicknames :) it's the sort of name that grows on you.
I just love this name! It's so pretty and elegant. I know a girl named Priscilla and her friends call her 'Cilla' as a nickname. I think if I ever have a daughter this name will be high up on my list!
As someone who has had the name their whole life, I would say yes, it is a rather elegant name but you would be surprised how many horrible nicknames you can get out of "Priscila"
Prissy, Priss, Perscilia, Silly, Sila, Sil, Priscilla Billa Vanilla, and (don't ask me how) Persimmon. And those are just the ones I have been called. Also its meaning can be a bit of a downer. When I first became interested in the meaning of names, I was pretty disappointed to find that my name meant ancient. I was hoping for something with a little more meaning, but the name fits right in on days when I feel a thousand years old. Over all I would say great name, not so great meaning, but don't let that deter you.
Elvis Presley was married to Priscilla. He called her Cilla. Only thing wrong with the nickname Cilla is that it sounds so much like cilia... those little hairy legs on an amoeba that help it move around -- ha ha!
Most people I've commented it to don't seem to like it. But I personally think it's such a pretty name. It might mean ancient, but I still think it sounds so sweet.
My mother, who just passed away at age 100, was named Priscilla Jane. She was called Pris in her youth, but decided to go by her middle name Jane when she started college. Jane Lastname was so much easier to use in her daily life than Priscilla Lastname. However, Priscilla J. Lastname continued to be her legal signature throughout her long lifetime. She did make me promise to put Jane, and not Priscilla, on her headstone marker--a promise I honored!
I know one Priscilla, her family calls her Pilla. Pee-La.
This is a witchy-poo name like Prunella. I don't like it at all. I don't like any of its nicknames either: Pris, Prissy, Scilla, Cilla, etc.. Cilla (reminds of cilium/cilia, which are protruding fine hairs on the body- no thank you!). Scilla also sounds like Psyllium (SILL-EE-YUM), what they use to ease constipation. I wouldn't want to give my child a name or nickname that sounds like a bulk-producing laxative (Metamucil). Finally, I only knew one Priscilla at school and people teased her, called her Chinchilla (a rodent). She'd answer to it too! All in all, big thumbs down to this name, think it's awful all the way around.
My name is Priscilla. I have never met another Priscilla. If you want to give it a nickname, use prizzy with the z, much better than prissy:)
This name is very popular in France. Especially in the early 90's. It is also a classic old Latin derivative name once very popular in England, along the same lines of Prunella or a biblical name. It seems to pop in and out of popularity through generations. [noted -ed]
I live in southern California and for whatever reason there are A LOT of latinos naming their daughters Priscilla in recent years. I know 4 women who named their girls Priscilla and I've known at least 3 others who are all around 20 to 21 so they were born in the early 90's. Priscilla Garcia, Priscilla Ramirez, Priscilla Lopez, Priscilla Martinez (examples) believe me there are A LOT! This name is a favorite for hispanics. I've also seen it spelled Pricilla or Priscela.
I also am not a fan. Especially after watching "Not Another Teen Movie". One really unlikable major character was called Priscilla. Plus, it's too close to a pet name.
Aw, so many mean comments about this name. I have to admit I didn't like it at first, but I've gotten used to it and I think it's pretty. There's also a song called Priscilla by Sea Wolf.
I love the nickname Prissy!
Priscilla Hill is a retired American figure skater.
I like this with Lily as a nickname.
I really hate this name. It sounds so pretentious and bratty. I knew a girl named Priscilla in elementary school and she ruined my impression of the name forever.
I knew a girl called Priscilla whose nickname was Pri (like Pree). I think it's very pretty, but I'd probably use it as a middle name because people'd be inclined to call you Prissy.
Priscilla is the real name of gospel singer CeCe Winans.
Priscilla is the name of the heroine's half-sister / narrator's love interest in Nathaniel Hawthorne's 1852 novel The Blithedale Romance.
I like this name- über feminine but very distinct from a lot of common über feminine names. The first syllable doesn't remind me of the word "prissy", nor does it sound like a name that a prissy person would have. And I never even heard of Priscilla Presley before looking at the comments here.
My name is Priscilla. While I found the name very useful in the professional world, it lacks a bit on nicknames. As a child, I was often called Prissy, which I never particularly cared for. It's a good name in my opinion but it's definitely a name that a girl has to grow into to appreciate.
If I ignore the two most famous examples of this name (namely Priscilla Presley and Priscilla: Queen of the Desert), whilst bearing in mind the lesser known example of '40s Hollywood actress Priscilla Lane (who was great in Alfred Hitchcock's The Saboteur), I think I could like this name. Maybe not for a real child, but perhaps for a story character. The short forms I like best are "Pris" (reminiscent of Daryl Hannah's character from Bladerunner) or "Scilla".
Priscilla Mullins was not the creation of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow; she was a real person (as were John Alden and Miles Standish).
I'm pretty sure this is the name that coined the term "She's such a priss" or "She's so prissy". How can you know when your naming your baby daughter if such a feminine, frilly name is going to suit her when she grows up?

The only Pricilla I ever knew was an impulsive tom-boy. Completely ill-suited for her.
The Italian pronunciation is pree-SHEELL-lah. [noted -ed]
Sounds too old-fashioned to me. I like Prisca better, actually.
I'm adopted so my name was changed at the age of ten to Jennifer but my birth name is Priscilla. I hated it, I was told I was named after Priscilla Presley since I had been born a year and a couple months after Elvis died. It's a pretty name just not me.
Gaudy name.
I think it's a really classic name. :)
Marlon Brando has a daughter named Ninna Priscilla.
It's a nice name, but I actually prefer the Polish spelling: Priscylla.
I love this name, but unfortunately makes me think of Priscilla Presley.
I totally love this name. It's a classic name, yet not overused. The only famous Priscilla I can think of is Priscilla Presley and she was absolutely gorgeous. Therefore, my impression of this name is totally positive. It's a romantic, feminine name for a beautiful woman.
This has got to be THE UGLIEST name on the planet. It sounds like a "prissy" bratty snotty girl.
It's okay, I personally wouldn't name my child this. When I say this name I instantly think of a bratty little girl.
Ugliest name I've EVER heard. I don't understand how anyone could think this is a good name. It makes me think of the evil step sisters in Cinderella. :p
PLEASE do not name your child this!
I hate this name. It sounds overly cutesy and frilly to me. It's dated anyway, and it sounds quite ditzy, too.
The story I heard for the origin of this name (which I suspect is not true) is that it was used by couples who had lost infant children. The idea was that by naming the child "Priscilla" (one possible translation of which might be "somewhat old") they might fool the powers that be (whatever they might be) into thinking that the child had already passed infancy and so spare its life.
I love this name, its way better than EXTREMELY common names such as Emily, Isabella, Madison, Ava, etc. I hope by the time I have kids this name won't be too popular.
My name is Priscilla and I like it. My mother named me after the actress, Priscilla Lane, back in the 40's. It is a long name for a child and the meaning is not so desirable and I don't feel I have the personality of someone who is ancient, for sure. I do like the fact that it is a biblical name though. I am surprised of its popularity and the fact that people seem to think it common because I seldom run into anyone with this name.
I really don't like the name. I think the nickname Cilla is cute, but I have a feeling that the girl would be teased (at least in grade school) because it is so close to silly.
I adore this name because it sounds so elegant. Don't nickname your child Prissy, because Priscilla in my opinion is WAY better!
This name makes me think of a pretty, feminine, elegant and sophisticated woman and a pretty, feminine and sweet girl. I like the fact that it is an "old" name that has fallen into almost rare use. My name was an old name that had fallen into rare use until just before I was born too (Samantha). Also, I strongly feel that if you don't want a nickname or shortened name SIMPLY DON'T ALLOW IT! For my daughter I would allow only Priscilla, if I choose this name.
If you don't like "Prissy" (which I don't) how about Cilla?
The name is okay, but the meaning ('ancient') kind of ruined Priscilla for me.
My name is Priscilla but I personally don't like it. Everybody calls me Pris or Priscil, even if they've only known me for a day or something. They also call me Prissy, let's just take it as a pro that I don't live in an English speaking country (the Netherlands).
I've always liked this name, even if it seems "prissy."
Literary/Historical: In "The Courtship of Miles Standish" Capt. Standish intends to marry a beautiful local lady named Priscilla (can't remember her last name).
60's popstar Cilla Black was born Priscilla White.
My gandmother was named Priscilla Ann (that's what she went by all of her life) and I have always thought that it sounded fiesty yet feminine and cute. Not very popular anymore, which is a shame.
Priscilla "Cilla" Lapham is a character in the book "Johnny Tremaine" by Esther Forbes.
I love the name (wonder why). I think it's so funny though when I say my name over the phone, everyone mistakes it for "Crystal" so it's obviously not common. It can be taken lightly, as an elegant name. Or it could be taken as a sexual name. Especially if you've seen "Priscilla's" lingerie. Prissy, the nickname, doesn't bother me. Neither does Priss, Cilla, Scilla, and dunno how I got this one but "Skill it".
Ew. I hate this name, in no way is it 'soft and beautiful' as you said. Little Pricilla will forever be called 'Godzilla', or something of the like. The nickname Prissy is also bad, but much better that Godzilla.
The name Priscilla makes me think of someone who's, well, prissy. Not a personal favorite.
Sounds like the name of a stripper, to me.
This is a classy, soft, and feminine name. I think people are afraid to use it sometimes because of the nickname 'Prissy', but really it's not so bad as nicknames go, save for the connotation of the word.
I recently asked my 86 year-old grandmother, "What is the most beautiful, classiest name of all time?" Without hesitation she replied, "Priscilla". Suddenly I have a new appreciation for the name. Uncommon and totally classic.
It's my name (even though I'm registered as semmy) and I don't like the name at all. People say I don't look like a Priscilla and well, it's too long and way too much people have 'my' name!
I personally hate this name, I mean, who names their kid Priscilla!?
I love the name Priscilla. When you even say the name Priscilla it sounds soft and beautiful.
I personally don't like this name. It sounds somewhat "tartish" to me, for lack of a better word. And it also makes me think of Elvis and Priscilla Presley (I'm not a fan of them).
This is a fine name. Just don't let anyone call you or your daughter 'Prissy.'
It is the best name out there!
Famous bearer is Priscilla Presley, Elvis Presley's ex-wife (and now widow).
A fact of some interest: J.R.R. Tolkien's only daughter and fourth child was named Priscilla.
I like it! Definitely very feminine, which is so much better than all these boys names for girls in the paper lately.

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