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  • Records indicate that 52,164 girls in the United States have been named Celia since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1915, when 853 people in the U.S. were given the name Celia. Those people are now 105 years old.

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      47 Positive Comments

  • "My initial gut reaction to it is that it is a sweet and beautiful sound. I don't understand why it's not more popular considering it also carries a good meaning." Jan. 1, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Celia. Love the name so much!!! Yes, we do get Cecilia alot and we just let it go. I think it is still fairly uncommon, she is still the only Celia wherever we go." Dec. 31, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia too. I'm 7 and I like it so far. I love my name." May. 27, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name! All my life, my family and friends have prounounced my name "Sil-yah" and that is the way my parents wanted my name to sound and that's why it is what it is. I get Cecelia all the time, but I am used to it so i just smile and nod b/c it was my grandmother's name-and we are catholic so my mother wanted me to carry her mother's name and saint Cecelia. Someone told me I prounounce my name incorrectly today and that it is "seal-yah". It's my name-it's always been mine-and i'm used to it being butchered-a name is a unique word and sound given by your parents-don't ever tell anyone they pronounce their own name incorrectly. Geesh-I am grateful for a unique name ;)" Mar. 10, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grand aunt, my great grandmother and two of my great great grandmothers are named Celia or Cecelia so it's sort of a family name. Sometimes they refer to themselves as Celia or Cecelia. On graves it's Cecelia while on census and birth records it's Celia. Celia was probably their nickname. I'm thinking of calling one of my children Celia. I think it's a very pretty name. The only Celia or Cecelia I know outside the family is Cecelia Ahern the writer." Jul. 2, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi , my name is Celia and I'm french and I love my name . I used to think there wasn't a lot of girls named Celia or actresses or singers but who cares ? There's a lot of Celias and I'm proud of this name . I think it's sweet and beautiful and I'm okay with any pronunciation = Seel-yah , sel-lee-yah , sel-yah . And by the way I love the name Cecilia or Cecelia =) ." May. 12, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia. People always either call me Cecelia, Cecile or Sheila. Yes, I get the Simon & Garfunkel song sung to me often too. These days I tend to roll my eyes when I hear it because I'm tired of telling people that my name is NOT Cecelia. Those who pronounce it correctly usually spell it wrong, like Ceila or something like that. Oh! I've met a few other people named Celia before, but we only exchanged a few words, nothing exciting to report. The only people who pronounce & spell my name correctly are Spanish or French speakers. I was in Japan a few years ago and most people called me "She-re-ah" or "Say-re-ah" because they don't have the soft "C" sound in Japanese. That was a bit annoying though. All in all, Celia is a unique name and I can't imagine being called some other name!" Feb. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Being a Celia is wonderful. Most of my friends and colleagues only know one Celia, and that's me, which makes telephone calls, emails etc. very simple. There is often confusion with Julia and Delia and more recently a Chinese name Xelie but that's manageable, as is always having to spell it out. What's really great is meeting someone new who comments on my name, and then meeting them again and they remember it first time. The renditions of that Simon and Garfunkel get a little wearing, but it's worth it. I love my name and always have. Meeting another Celia has been infrequent and slightly freaky as it really does feel like MY name!!" Sep. 29, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was going to be named Ann but my cousin who is two months older was called Ann and so I was called Celia. I am so glad I was called Celia because it is a name I have always liked and my friends and partner says it suits my personality.I met my partner on a blind date and he chose to meet me because I had an unusual name. I have always been interested to meet other people also called Celia though I have never met a boy or man with this name." Sep. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's middle name is Celia. I pronounce it as, "Suh-lee-ah." Her first name is Amora. Until now I did not know that her name meant "Love Heaven" or "Love Blind." I think Celia is a very beautiful, unique name." Jul. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia and I can think of no other name I would trade it with. It's a timeless name and yet I don't think I've met another other Celia. Everyone loves my name and tell me how cool they think it is. Celia can have fun nicknames associated with it. I think it is sophisticated and arty sounding at the same time. Not too long, nor short, nor cutesy, nor old fashioned or wacky. People might think I am Italian or Spanish or French but I am named after my German grandmother who was Cecelia." Jul. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Omg!! I lot of people I know say my name all wrong. Like See-Lee-ah or something like that. I always tell them in Spanish, but people who only seem to speak English still say it wrong. I love my name!!! I got it because of grandma. It is so unique and people always say that it sounds beautiful. The good thing is that nobody I know except my grandma have the same names as me. I am so lucky!! Before I wanted a different name, but then I figured out that it suits me, and I like it. Sometimes like another writer said, people always say "Are you Portuguese, Italian, or just a Spaniard. But I am from Spain." Mar. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia,and i love it.Im just 12 but so many people like my name.I really used to wasnt something different when i was like 10 but now i really see how so many people have the same name.My teacher usually calls me (cee-lia)but its ok for me." Dec. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Celia (3 yrs), and it is very uncommon (even unheard of) where we live here in Sweden... I picked it up when I was reading a book with a US author some yeras ago and I just love the name! I hope my daughter will not hate it because it is unique when she is a teenager... :-)" Nov. 16, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "yup yup i love my name :) Celia and yup they have called me different names but it is all good. they have called me Silvia, Cecilia, Selena, and so forth. i have met very few people with my name, one in the city i live in, and a friends moms name is Celia. it's interesting cause for a long time i thought my name was very unique and it still is. i love learning the meanings of names. thank you for letting me know. oh and people love my name they think it pretty :)" Nov. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "alot of peaple say Cecelia but its only celia. I hve never met more peaple with the same name as me, but i do have a cusin named Cecelia." Nov. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia, I like my name I also have worked in a call center for many years and people never get it right. I also get many of the comments I've heard here too. People tell me its an old fashion name and they have a grandmother or an aunt named Celia. I do not like if people call me Cecilia." Oct. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "CELIA - GREEK FOR "ONE WHO COMMANDS" - SPANISH FOR "HEAVEN" - ROMAN FOR "BLIND"" Oct. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely love the name Celia. My Great-Grandfather's name was Cecil and he's been a very big influence on my father's life, so when I have a child I want to pay some sort of tribute to him and my father by using a variation of that name. I don't really like the name Cecilia, so I chose to go the unique route and choose Celia. It's such a beautiful and lady-like name." Sep. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Okay, my name is Celiah. Very unique, form of Celia. I was born in 1997. I really want to know what my name means but nothing comes up. Any Help?" Sep. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Celia is such a beautiful name. It's one of those names you just fall in love with." May. 24, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I work at a call centre and only about 1 in 10 people get it right. I started using variants like Ceel- lee- ah or Seel Yul. But i get called Sylvia or Julia or Sel ya! It can be annoying but I get used to it. I like the uniqueness. I was named after my dads car Celica without the 2nd C!" Mar. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia, and sometimes over the phone, people think I am saying Julia. I really hate being called Cecelia or Cecelle. I hate when people sing the song to me...I get it all the time. Also, when people call me Cecelia, I would respond with "No, it's Just Celia", and then then think my name is Juscelia! It's so annoying. Some people pronounce it Cee-lee-uh, and my sister and mom pronounce it Sul-ya. I don't have a preferance! Except I can't decide which pronounciation I prefer!! I am Italian, and my grandmother's name is Ersilia, but my mom just really liked the name!I've only met one lady with the name Celia." Mar. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia Leonard. I live in Singer, La. What annoys me about my name is most of the people that hear my name the first time get it wrong and call me Cecelia its a nice name but not my name." Jan. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is cecelia and some people still call me celia" Dec. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it! I teach Kindergarten and the kids love to say my first name. Also, Monsters Inc made my name a little more famous to the kidos. I run into the same problems as all the other Celia's that have posted. I have met a few other Celia's. I met one a few months ago working at Disneyland when I was there!!" Nov. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Celia--she's 3 1/2 at present--it is awesome to see such a doll with a "grown up" name --people are always impressed with her name. I did good! :-) Some people call her Cecelia which is annoying because it doesn't sound the same to me at all. We pronounce her name Cee-lee-uh, not Seel-yuh." Jul. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia and I love my name! People spell my name wrong all the time... Silia, Cilia, etc... and I have been called Ophelia and Cecile. People also have called me Cecilia... I don't like being called Cecilia because it isn't my name! My name is pronounced all different ways... Sealyuh, Seelya, Sellya (I don't like that one!)... haha but I have never really thought about the correct way to say my name. I'm from Alabama so I'll go with Sealyuh. :) And also, like the comment before mine, people also break out into song when they hear my name... Simon and Garfunkels "Cecilia". I also love the fact that when people say Celia everyone knows that it's me without having my last name said. All in all, I love my name!" May. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia, I've also been called Julia and Cicelia. As well as Ophelia, Selena, Cecile, Phelia and all sorts of other weird combos. I live in Canada and have met a handful of people in my life with the name. I love my name. it makes me feel special. People make it seem so exotic, they ask me "are you Mexican, or Italian or Portuguese?" I smile and say "no, my mom just really liked the name" I've also seen 2 people online with the same last name as me, i feel my identity has been robbed. :(" Apr. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name and like everyone else.. people do try to call me cicelia but it's okay cause once they get to know me they pronounce it right... but i too get comments on how pretty my name is =]" Mar. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. People always tell me that I have such a beautiful name!" Feb. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia. I do love my name because it is so unique, but, upon meeting new people, my name is almost never pronounced correctly. People assume my name is Cicelia even though it is not how I introduce myself. People sometimes spell my name wrong as well. However, I love having my name as Celia because it is different, and I always get comments about how pretty my name is and how much people love it." Dec. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia too, I'm 51 and have only every met 2 other people with this name in my lifetime so far. And yes I get called Cecilia and "the song" sung at me all the time too and usually have to spell out it for people. Some of my friends call me Cely, but I love my name and it makes me feel quite unique to be the only Celia around... plus as it's uncommon people usually remember it, unlike me who forgets everybody else's names. LOL I was named after my mother's friend, The Honourable Lady Celia Monkton... the other choice was Helga!" Dec. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "People always want to call my daughter Cecilia or Cecile. I have to say "No, JUST Celia" or "Cecilia with out the Ce". Then others break out into song... Simon and Garfunkels "Cecilia". I haven't met anyone else with this name. But I still love the name, she was named after her Great Grandmother." Dec. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just named our daughter Celia. SHe's 3 weeks old today! We named her after my husband's grandmother. I found it to be a classic but unique name." Nov. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia. I was born in 1955 and it was certainly a different name--most girls were named Linda, Barb, Debbie, etc. Although I frequently have to spell it out for people--sometimes more than once--I still like it as when people say "Celia" everyone knows it is me, without having to use my last name." Nov. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia and i love it. people sometimes call me celia like if its a gringas name but its a latin name meaning heavinly!" Sep. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia and when I was younger I really hated it, but now it's just fine. People pronounce it wrong all the time but after a while they find out how to pronounce it. Sometimes when I tell people that my name is Celia they think that I am saying Cenia, which is starting to annoy me A LOT.. But you get use to it." Aug. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia... I hated it when I was a child really.!! But, now I am 26 and this is fine with me. It's very unique'....People sometimes have a hard time pronouncing the name but... it does not bother me not one bit! A name that is very hard to forget you will not meet many Celia's in your lifetime......It's a classic" Jul. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name. but the c have to be spell like a s. ;)" May. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Never liked it as a kid - I always wanted to be called 'Sarah' or 'Kate'. I was the only girl ever in both primary and secondary school to be called Celia. Now that I'm in my 20's, I couldn't wish for any other name!" Apr. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is celia (not cilia) thats how white people say it its Celia Like cell and lia put together celia I think it is beautiful just like me although I wish my name was Aundrea, I have learned to like Celia too. Do you think my name should have been Aundrea or Celia like m parents picked." Dec. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia - quite often people pronounce & misspell it, I live in the Caribbean & I've been called Cecelia, Sheila, Celie, Cecile - it annoys me sometimes but I guess I'm used to it cuz I like my name." Jul. 18, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Soft beautiful name. I like that it is not unknown but, at the same time, it is not that popular right now. Considering it for my future Black princess." Jul. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my names celia. a lot of people mispronounce it. they often say cecilia. that drives me nuts. i have only met one other person with the same name. im from a small town and i like being the only one with my name. it makes me feel unique." Jul. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is absolutely my favorite girl's names=. As the previous poster said, it's sweet and feminine and just has a wonderful sound to it. If I have a daughter, though, I won't be naming her that, as my husband's ex-girlfriend is Celia. Oh well. There are many other beautiful names in the world." Dec. 3, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Celia is a beautiful, feminine, sweet, old name. It's not trendy/popular. I am considering it for my daughter." Jul. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      4 Negative Comments

  • "Never liked the name. Makes me think of a librarian." Apr. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is celia and some peeps call me silly celia which gets really anoying and asks how can i get any celia" Jul. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it soooooooooooo much. I too may name my daughter that. Its between Celia and Victoria. What do you all think." Jun. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is celia and people are CONSTANTLY pronouncing it cecelia.Im like, dude theres only one c." Mar. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      21 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is celia and I love it but I get many mis pronuciations like cecelia or selina but I really like it and let the mispronunciatins pass by me" Jul. 20, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really LOVE my name I have not met enyone whith the name Celia" Mar. 20, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Wow!, A lot of you have almost the same peoblem: pronunciation. I'm Mexican, I'm 19, and I don't have this problem, instead I have the "Az?ca'" problem. :( There is a singer from Cuba called Celia Cruz. She was very famous in hispanic-speaking countries, so a lot of people remember me for that. When I was younger I didn't like my name, but now, I truly love it. It's original, short, cute... The "Cecilia- syndrome" also applies for me, but if I ignore that, everything is ok:)" Jan. 10, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia.I was named after my Aunt and Grandmother. My nick name growing up was Cece. I also have problems of people calling Cecelia,Julia, or Sheila. I think it is funny that people hear a different sound when you say Celia. The name Celia has been around a long time.It was my understanding that the name at one point was used as a last name in Rome. Just some reading I did a long time ago. I do a lot of ancestry work and have found other family members with the name Celia." May. 15, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Celia and I love it short and sweet and not a lot of people have the same name as me" May. 5, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Celia. I love my name and I did not know that their was a greater number Celia's in 1915. -I am 11 years old." Nov. 2, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is celia as a nickname I get called cels which I like, i don't like cc or cely but like my name much more than when I was younger. have had some weird spellings my favourite misspelling is ceilior after telling a friend about bad misspellings he wrote sillyore in a birthday card just for fun." Jul. 24, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was learning to write I thought it most unfair because a girl called Pat was given a sweet for spelling her name correctly and I struggled to learn how to spell my name Celia but apart from that I've always like my name. I have never wanted a different name and when I met my husband he was so pleased that I was called Celia. He said it was a pretty name for a pretty girl. He still says this after forty-five years of married life - however, I have to say his eyesight is not so good and he does need new glasses - still, I can but dream." Jan. 24, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Celia in 2004 after my maternal nana Cecilia . I thought Celia was more moden than Cecilia. I have met people who know older people with the name, but never young children. I love that it is unique in her school and its linked to my confirmation name too. I can see her shortening it to CeeCee when she becomes a teenager." Mar. 21, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Oh I can't explain how i lyk ma name celia, it makes m feel Blessed" Mar. 12, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Celia and always have. Because my name is unusual it has opened doors for me i.e. helped in getting job interviews after written application - boys have found it attractive - before meeting him my husband was attracted to the name and so asked to meet me. My children like it. i have only ever met three other Celias. Thanks Mum and Dad forgiving me this name" Apr. 14, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I liked my name when I was a child and I still do.I like it because it is unsual and associated with music. I think it is a bit outdated for babies to be named Celia today, unless it is used as a middle name." Sep. 20, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Celia is my name. I have always liked it because it is unusual - soft sounding - and feminine. I have only met three other people with the same name.My children and grandchildren seem to like it too.Because it is unusual it has helped me to be remembered proffesionally and socially. Thanks Mum and Dad" Sep. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i get called alot of incorrect names..its super annoying!!" Sep. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have had so many similar experiences to others mentioned above. I love my name and I its meaning,'heaven, heavenly'. I was born in 1948 so I have had other songs sung to me: "Does your mother know you're out Cecelia? Does she know that I'm about to steal ya?" As a counsellor I always say that the Simon & G song is the opposite of everything I stand for: "You're breaking my heart, you're shaking my cinfidence daily!"" Aug. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am celia i am awesome i love my name because some people hate it and it makes me happy to know that i can find joy out of people hating somehting about me yay" May. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "wow i never expected to find so many people with my name! ive always wanted to find someone with my name that is around my age but i have never had the pleasure of meeting anyone. i am the only celia i know. but after meeting someone with teh name cecelia, i feel like my name isnt so unique anymore. i ride the bus with a cecelia and a silvia so it gets pretty confusing and i always hope for some nickname but it never works out. i do like my name because no one else has one that is so creative with so much meaning. my mom debated on other names for me like scarlette and olivia but the doctor wouldnt let her leave the hospital before she named me celia so it stuck. i hope to some day find someone my age that shares my name (because at least SOMEONE will know hwo to spell and pronounce it correctly)" May. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Haha. My name is Celia and I get many of the same comments I've read here. The Simon and Garfunkel song Cecilia is often sung to me by people I just met and everyone always thinks I've said Cecilia when I introduce myself. Wierdly enough, people have no clue how to spell Celia and always ask. I was the only one I knew with this name until a few years ago and now I know 4 others. I have come to love this name even if people always get it wrong. Much love" Dec. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi there. My name is Cılia( Celia) I don't know if you can see the accent on top of the letter 'e'. Well, I'm from Portugal and this name here is pronounced like 'Sell ya'... exactly, like if I 'sell ya' something...:)I like my name very much. Not a lot of people have this name. I believe it means heaven. I've studied in the US and people used to call me Seelya...:) I love that too. I believe people with this name have a strong character, good heart and something magical about themselves. *****" Jul. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've met only three other people called Celia in my 33 years - although I have of course heard of others and seen the name elsewhere. Most often people who mistake it call me "Cecelia", or sometimes "Julia". When I was young I hated it as it was different (I wanted to be Catherine), but now I love it as it is so unique, and I can be recognised by acquaintances from years back simply by my first name." Mar. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my sister's name is celia and she was one of the 224 named it in 2000" Nov. 22, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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