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Origin: Irish
Meaning: Divine Place

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This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Sheila in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Sheila:

  • Records indicate that 235,812 girls in the United States have been named Sheila since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1962, when 8,781 people in the U.S. were given the name Sheila. Those people are now 58 years old.

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    Comments about the name Sheila

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      60 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Shelia. I'm 32 and I love my name. I never meet other shelia's. My mother and me are Shelia. People hate how I spell my name. Shelia is a unique name. All shell's in the world are amazing humans. Love you my shelia's." Mar. 26, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is spelled so that everyone pronounced wrong Sheliah. That really does make it special. I dropped the H due to no one spelling it correctly." Oct. 5, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, I'm the third generation. My great aunt, my aunt and me! My mom's aunt was named after the Scottish Loch Shiel. So my name has a Scottish background, which is also unique. My husband really loves my name too, he says it's a sexy name... which I never really thought LOL My spelling is Shiela, so people always spell it wrong... but thats okay, I'm used to it :P" Oct. 28, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila, I'm 47 years old, and I have always loved my name! My parents are from Ireland, and I was named after a schoolmate of my mom's (she loved her name and it stuck with her!). It's unique and pretty ... I wish it was a little more popular, but not too much. I remember when I was in high school in the 1980s, the one-hit-wonder song, "Oh Sheila", came out by a group called Ready for the World - that was very exciting to me!!!" May. 12, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Sheila also (spell it SHEILA) it really doesn't bother me anymore if people do not spell it correctly - as most of the time people correct me when I've just said my last name so I've had to chose my battles! I just learned that one way of spelling Sheila using the gaelic form is Sale (except with the accent over the a) but if you translate it from that form it means fairy child (Sa - fairy and le of/from/with) that made me so happy!! I now love the name, finally!!" Feb. 20, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes.My name is Shelia and it is spelled - Shelia and pronounced, She-la. But people always spell it wrong, even when I have written it correctly right in front of them. When I see my name spelled incorrectly, it does not appear to be me. I love my mother's unique spelling. Even though it's a headache sometimes for others to differentiate the correct spelling." Jan. 17, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "What is the big deal with how anyone is spelling their own name? Its their name! My name is also Shelia. It is derived the name Cecelia / Celia, meaning 'blind.' It is in the bible as Shelah. Some say it comes from the Hebrew word Selah (pronounced Say'la, meaning 'pause'). It is pronounced in some parts of Africa as Shera. In other parts of the world, it is spelled Sheera. How you spell your name is right for YOU; how I spell my name is right for ME!" Jan. 16, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is sheila , I'm 16 and I love my name! I just think it is so Unique and pretty. I was named after my aunt so I'm hopeing to keep the name in the family. Once in a while my teachers so spell it shiela but it's just a simple mistake! No need to complain! I love the name!" Jan. 10, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelia, people tell me my name is spelled wrong. I just tell them the "i" is silent, they just smile and say, "Cool"! I like the spelling that way, it's different just like me, "SHELIA!"" Mar. 17, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelia (yes, spelled SHELIA) and I dare ANYONE to tell me my name is spelled incorrectly. It's spelled exactly the way my parents intended it to be spelled. There are people named Sean and Shawn, Sara and Sarah, Allison and Alyson, Christina and Kristina. And you know what? ALL of their names are spelled correctly. Where does anyone get off telling someone else how to spell THEIR name anyway?" Jan. 22, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sheila is aussie slang for a girl/woman. I'm Aussie, so I'm a sheila! I love this name and it's the name of my favourite character in the Enid Blyton's book 'The Children Of Willow Farm'." Nov. 8, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila and I have always liked it! I am 44 and have only known a few others with my name. My parents are from Ireland and my mom always said that if she had a girl she'd name her Sheila. I know it's a "older" name in Ireland but I don't care - I think it's unique and pretty ... and guys have always seemed to enjoy saying my name when introduced ... I love being a Sheila!" Oct. 28, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name SHEILA. She - il -a. I married a SHIEL so I became SHEILA SHIEL. I have to spell it for everybody as they always get confused but I love being SHEILA SHIEL." May. 5, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm named Sheila and I'm 27 this March. I love my name and always have. It's so uncommon that I didn't know any other Sheila's growing up, but boys always said it was a sexy name which it is. also if you spell it backwards it almost spells .. aliens!" Feb. 26, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Sheila to and I like it because if you say it right you have to smile Sheila, I also have trouble with people wanting to spell it Shelia. But I never meet a Sheila I did'nt like" Aug. 13, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, Sheila! It is not common at all and it sounds pretty when it's pronounced right. I am 48 years old. When I was in grade school I didn't care for my name because no one else shared it. Now, now it is a lovely and unique name!" May. 6, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am in my 60's and am named Sheila. Have always been happy with name. Being from NJ, though, it is pronounced Sheil (as in shield)-ah. 100% Irish descent and my Grandmother (off the boat) called me Shee-lah." Dec. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name Is Sheila & I Am 29 Years Old Persian & Was Born In America & Living In Paris. I Am Very Happy With My Name I LOVE IT ! Its Easy To Pronounce, I Never Had Any Problems With My Name, Thanks Mom&Dad Love , Sheila" Dec. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Thanks to the user who correcly spelled the Irish version of Sheila which is S?le, we have a beutiful little 5 year old named S?le and I love the fact it is so unusual." Nov. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila. I was born in 1961 Actually, my mother spelled it incorrectly, Shelia, on my birth certificate. But then very quickly found out that there is NO WAY that S.h.e.l.i.a says "Shee-la". So she went had my birth certificate changed, thank God! Bugs me to death when people spell it Shelia. Use your head...that would be pronounced She-lie-a or She-lee-a. Watch on movie credits or anywhere in the public forum. No one spells it that way. It is always Sheila. Shoot, just Google Shelia. It will automatically correct it to Sheila. I love my name. It is a beautiful name when spelled correctly! :)" Nov. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "To the people who have left comments about wanting to use Irish spelling of Sheila for their children, I feel I should point out that the correct Irish spelling is Sile, with a fada over the letter i (an accent to make it a pronounced vowel). There is no letter 'y' in the Irish language so it not Syle, with or without a fada. My mother's name is Sheila and it is a lovely, uncommon name, in English or Irish." Nov. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sheila is the best name anybody could ever had:)) i love it because it's not that common, but i do hate it when people misspell it "Shiela" so not cool!" Sep. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is sheila love it am 20 years old my dad gave it to me the fact is I live in a latin country panama and here people they spell it badly and say it badly at first I always correct them cause they say ( shaila) and wrote it chila I still get mad when they write that butwhen they say it I don't mind at all in fact my nickname is shei (shay)" Jul. 7, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Sheila, and over 50 years old. I have only met maybe five other Sheila's in my lifetime, some spelling their names differently. I tell them I before E, except after C, and in Sheila! My sister-in-law of over 40 years still spells it wrong! But I love my name, and I'm Irish and German. My brother named me when he was only seven!" Jun. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hey, I'm Sheila! People often spell it Shelia. I used to get really annoyed, but I've gotten over it. I love my name b/c not many people have it. I have only met a handful of Sheila's in my life. My nicknames are She, She-She, Sheila Ballerina, Shelila, Shelotta Lovin', and Shera! Haha" Jun. 17, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "The Best name Ever Musical, Gentle, just beutiful and Lovely" May. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, "Sheila" and my nickname is also, "Shae"!!! We "Sheila-s" are lucky to have such a lovely name." May. 25, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Sheila and I love it. Her dad wanted to spell it with the y (Sheyla) but I like it more with the "i" when trying to get someone to spell it right I always say with the latin I. In spanish the i is called like the e in inglish and vs. Her name honors her personality she is soft and gentle." May. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I also love the name Sheila. When my sister (Sheila) was little, she had a fondness for the cartoon character She-ra because their names sounded similar. Sometimes we still call her She-ra." Apr. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Heya!My name is Sheilla. Yes, it is spelled uniquely!=)and I love it though it's commonly mispelled but it's fine, I just correct them! I love my name, it's very feminine!=)Cool! it's of Irish origin but I'm a Filipino!" Mar. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I work in a Kindergarden as teaching aid, and we've currently got one very pretty new little girl called Sheila, it's a very sweet soft & feminine name, but perhaps I'm biased as my own mother is called Sheila :) I think this name is making a comeback in popularity since Brad & Angelina's Shiloh ... but I actually prefer Sheila to Shiloh." Jan. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila, and I read earlier today that the name means "Heaven" and is of Irish origin. Like most Sheilas, I too hate it when my name is misspelled (Shelia or Shiela). I frequently tell folks: "It's "I" before "E" --- EXCEPT in SHEILA!"" Dec. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila also I love my name because it is uncommon and beautiful" Oct. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sheila is a fab name. I think we will go with the Irish version Sıle for our baby girl. This name has truly stood the test of time. A" Oct. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Sheila. And I also love my name.(always have) My mother's best friend's was named "Sheila" and I was named after her. My "nick-name" is also "Shae". People do, on occasion mis-spell my name and I've been called "Suzy", "Shelley", "Sharol"". Why "Sheila" is so hard to remember, I don't know. But I think it's one the prettiest feminine names out there!!" Oct. 1, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Sıle so much We're going to name our baby daughter Sıle, it means pure and musical.. We will spell it the Gaelic variation Sıle. I'ts old fashioned, sweet and uncommon. Marie" Sep. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm named Sheilah... and like it with the "h", or with the "g" or however. I also get a bit bummed when good friends misspell it. I was surprised to learn, as a child, that it was also a name in Iran as well as in Cuba (I'm American). One thing, I learned that it's not so much that it means blind, but that the Patron Saint of the Blind (and of Music) was/is St. Cecilia, hence that connotation with Sheilah (one Irish spelling)." Aug. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have 4 year old twin girls and I named one Sıle, pronounced like sheila, it's gaelic for sheila/cecilia. People of ten ask is it a family name but no we picked it as a beautiful soft name. It has a lovely ring to it. It's also very unique these days amongst all the Jessicas, Emma's and Sarah's. Ireland" Jul. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im a sheila .Love my name and would never change it for the world. When I was a kid we would play a rhyming game and the only word that ryhmes was tequila. so my parents decided that they could not call me that so they called me Beila and eventually that was shortened over the years to Beil. its funny bc when my sister talks to me she uses Beil and people start calling me that too bc they never heard my real name Sheila lol" Jun. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My best friend is a "Sheila" and we have known each other over 15 years; she gets upset in a funny way when I mail something and can not spell her name correct and asks me many times when are you going to get right! I don't know why I have such a problem-hopefully she will see this one day & realize I am trying. She spells my name correctly, "Debi"" May. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is also sheila. I am so proud that i have this name since it is not a common name. i used to spell my name "sheilla" but i changed it along the way. i am from Ghana. i had however wanted to change my name because of its meaning ("blind") but i have changed my mind. I am so glad my mum chose that name for me. i think i will oneday name my daughter sheila." Apr. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "well my name is Sheila but it is spelled Shelia!: )" Apr. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always loved my name, hate it when people use the spelling S.h.i.e.l.a, willing to forgive S.h.e.l.i.a. My husband of fifteen years sometimes will call me "Shellya" which irratates me, I always correct him - SHEILA. I love the Waterford pattern Sheila and as an international flight attendant, I have never been to Austrialia to experience what that would be like to be in a country where Sheila is slang in a negative way. Also like variations such as adding a 'h' at the end. I love my name enough to live with the issues; didn't know Sheila means 'blind' until today, I found another site that suggested SHELIA was of Hebrew origin and means "of God"" Apr. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's the most beautiful name in the world, of course!. I believe it will become very popular soon, thankfully, it hasn't happened yet, though it should have as it is so feminine and soft. It pains me when many pronounce it as Shilla.....with a short i. I spell it Sheila. Misspellings are not as bad as someone (usually from the north) pronounces it to rhyme with gorilla...oooh, Lord, teach me to be patient!" Mar. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "how many people spell it Sheila and how many spell it shelia?" Feb. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila. I love my name, especially when people from the north say it." Jan. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelia. Pepole often spell it Sheila, and it gets annoying. Some people pronounce my name She-li-a or Shee-le-ah. I like my name." Oct. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Being born in a country I onlt share the name Sheila with just over 150 people I'm so used to correcting people, that I sometimes get a little surprised if they actually get it right, especially the older generation. But I love my name, exactly because it is pretty unique around here." Oct. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name too. I am 30 year old Sheila of Indian descent raised in the US. I got lucky with a rather uncomplicated Indian and American name. I hate when people spell my name SHELIA- I have yet to meet a Sheila who spells their name that way !" Oct. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila, and I love my name. What is it with "Shelia?" And unlike others who have posted, I do NOT understand "Shiela." That's just crazy. Thankfully, I rarely encounter that spelling. "Shelia" is the bane of my life, but I wouldn't change my name and I am sorry it is dying out. The good thing is that I am usually the only one (USA)" Aug. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheilla... maybe Sheila with little modification :) I'm from Indonesia. In my country everyone misspelled my name... And at the end i just don't care anymore if they misspelled my name... Afterall, it's really great and fun to be named Sheilla... Most of people said that I got a pretty name... :D" Aug. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name sheila and also hate it when people misspell it brockville ontario canada" Jul. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im 16 and here in Belgium Sheila isnt a common name. Alot of people say it wrong and write it wrong. But i love my name. I like having a unique name." Jun. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Sheila and i definitely love my name. i just hate it when people mispronounce and spell it wrong." May. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Sheila in my 20's & love my name! Nobody ever spells it right, though, & while I completely understand "Shiela," it is a HUGE pet peeve of mine when someone spells it "Shelia." Dreadful." May. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name, and have fixed the i before e problem by modifying the rhyme - I before E except after C, unless you're talking about me!" Nov. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila. I love my name, but it's almost always mispelled because of the English Rule I before E except after C. I do know a woman named Shiela pronounce Shy-ee-la, and I do know Shelia's too pronounced correctly as spelled. At one time I went to church with 3 Sheila's but growing up I went to School with only one Sheila and rarely meet other's named Sheila." Sep. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "People spell it Shiela, instead of Sheila, sometimes. Also some pronounce it /Shilla/, which I don't like. There are three Sheila's where I work." Jun. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm English and it's a fairly common name in England and no one seems to spell it wrongly there, but in US no one can get it right - even writers and editors spell it Shelia, why I just don't know because that doesn't even sound right! I didn't like it as a child, but now I do." Feb. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like being named Sheila. It's uncommon enough to be unique without being wierd. My name is a nod back to my Irish roots, but it's easy to pronounce, unlike some Gaelic names. However, the meaning of the name Sheila isn't correct on this page, it doesn't mean "a Divine Place", it is an Irish take on the name Cecilia, from St. Cecilia and has traditionally meant "musical" or "blind", the characteristics of the saint in question." Jan. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      5 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Sheila, I live in Canada. I have never cared for my name after a boy in grade four told me he had a cow named Sheila. Also people like to point out it is derogatory name for a female in Australia. It is such a sixties name, it's dated." Mar. 18, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I hate when people with this name, as in pronounced this way, think that spelling it as Shelia should be pronounced the same way. Clearly that name should be pronounced Sha-lee-a." Jul. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think the combinations of sounds that makes up the name is nice, but I'm from Australia and a "sheila" is a slang word for a woman, usually used in a rowdy or negative way, or for a tacky woman. Unfortunately that gives the name a very negative connotation for Australians." Sep. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is sheila, i hate it! lots of older people have this name, nanas and great aunties. Ive had people say to me that their dog was called sheila! I think I may hate it so much cos its also my mums name. And yeah everyone spells my name incorrectly, even at work the IT guys set up my welcome page with the wrong spelling." Aug. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's common in England and the US but in Australia, every woman is a Sheila! The just call women Sheilas (guys and sheilas) LOL. It's correct pronounciation is 'Shee-lah'." Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      53 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Sheila and I'm only 11 years old. Sometimes I love my name because I'm the only one in my school with that name so everybody knows me! But other days not so much because the Australians use Sheila as a female thing, idk. I was born in 2009 and live in England. I have only met about 2 Sheila's in my life but once I get to high school I might meet another. My name comes from someone special because after my dad's sister died in a fire when she was only 5,my dad wanted to call me Sheila because her name was Sheila. And that's how I got my name!" May. 20, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My parents saddled me with the name and I despise it. I have siblings who made fun of my name and they could because they all have common names." Feb. 24, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 72 years old and I love my name.Hope it comes into popularity again." Aug. 22, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheilagh, it gets spelled wrong more than right. But I like it." Feb. 15, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila, I was born in March 1948 & named after the racehorse 'Sheila's Cottage' the winner of the Grand National race that year which my father won quite a bit of money on! I was the only daughter after they had 3 sons, so the apple of my father's eye. I arrived the day before his 43rd birthday. Sheila was a popular name when I was young, I was about 13 when Tommy Roe released the hit single 'Sheila' & yes I did have the ponytail...! :) Love to all the other Sheilas out there! 😊" Jul. 28, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well my name is Shellia, pronounced as "She-la". Almost 100% of the time, my name is pronounced wrong. Everyone gets confused with the two L's. Almost everyone has to make a comment about the spelling of my name. Someone even told me that I should just stick to "Shell-ia", but I politely told them that I have been "Sheila" my whole life. Now being almost 25, I have grown used to my name and its unique spelling!" Oct. 14, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Shelia. Born in 1959. People tell me I spell it wrong even the computer will not take it that way. Most people call me Shella. Love it when Spanish people call me. Love my name" Sep. 8, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Sheilah Caroline Qhobela,im eighteen years old,the only challenge i met about my name is that when i was growing my agemates used to tease me a lot about it and even worse wrongly pronounce it bt nw im cool with it bcz i nw knw the history behind it,which is quite interesting...i am proud to be SHIELAH CAROLINE QHOBELA bcz i have even realised that i have all the qualities that Sheilah must have,so im origional ad proud of my name" Apr. 15, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheilla...n I really love ma name some of ma friends kol me shae odas kol me Sheishei...sometyms wen am sad I jux say ma name n id makes me feel very special...Sheilla fits me perfectly" Jun. 17, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sheila is spelled so because it comes from Cecilia which has a c the name means heavenly. Saint Ceceila was blind but her name does not me a blind" Jun. 12, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "well ladies get this My Mother spelled my name SHELIAH, and No one that I have seen to date spells it this way,, and I love it's spelling.." Feb. 9, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is sheila. Ive always been very happy with my name,never had any problems with it.Now my husband is to funny, his way of learning how to spell my name was to say, she i la. lmao. but i love it." Jan. 17, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheelah. I was named after a woman who (years after I was born) changed her spelling to Sheelagh. People ALWAYS misspell my name, doesn't bother me a bit - how are they to know when it can be spelled so many ways?" Jan. 12, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 47 year old named Sheila. I must admit that I didn't like my name in grade school because I often got teased by the other students. We were and English family living in a French community and as such, I was often called "shee l?", which means 'poop here'. I've learned to love my name because I realized that there would NEVER be another Sheila in our town!" Jul. 28, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I lived in the UK my name was Shelagh and that's still what's on my passport. Everyone there knew it was pronounced Sheila. But then I lived in France and now Spain, and I always use Sheila now. The pronunciation may be a little off, but at least they don't call me Shellag. That's just awful! Also, most people here know it's a girl's name, whereas Shelagh...??? I don't know what possessed my parents to put Shelagh on the birth certificate, rather than Sheila." Sep. 18, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Sheila and I hate the name. I live in Australia where 'Sheila' is slang for girl, woman, chick etc. some people joke (especially men) when you tell them your name. I wish I had legally changed my name years ago." Sep. 18, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well my name is SHELIAH and I am yes a Sheila and a Shiela or how ever other Sheliah's spell it...My Mother decided it that way and that was great by me cause she said NO one would ever get the spelling right and that would force me into conversation...and it worked.. also one letter for every day of the week...That was my MOm God Bless her,,,Thats my name and I'm stickin to it..." May. 25, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sheila is a pretty special name and is just unusual enough in N.Ireland to be considered very cool. Always spell your name aloud when you know someone is about to write it down--this helps people get your spelling corrrct! Love to all Sheilas." Mar. 22, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "N.Ireland. Sheila is considered one if the most beautiful Ireland and just unusual enough nowadays to be pretty cool! I wouldn't change it for anything. I'll give you a tip that works for me---whenever you are giving out your name "Sheila" to anyone who is poised, ready to write it down, say "---and it's SPELT S-h-e-i-l-a, that is beginning with the word she and then i-l-a---- so it's S-h-e-i-l-a, please!" That always does the trick for me. Love to all Sheilas. xxS" Mar. 22, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I live in Asia, Malaysia. Each time I tell the peoples that my name is Sheila they will eventually think that I am Malay( Moslim). And I hate it, I don't wish to have the name Sheila. But certain times I think it is unique and different among the rest in Asia." Jul. 8, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Shelia, and I agree with theI before e except c, it just looks weird so SHE-LA the I just shows emphasis on the a as in fuschia" Jun. 3, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "i used to hate my name SHEILA because in aussie sheila is slang for girl, you tell people your name and they laugh." Oct. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila and I spell it S H E I L A. I use the last name Shiel. S H I E L. Most people get confused but that is the fun of having the name. I have always loved my first name and now it seems to be more popular." May. 15, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila and I like it. I am Irish and German. I have mixed feelings about my name but, I am a redhead also, so I am used to being...different!" May. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila as well...I know..shocker right? I am also 38 and I know of only one other Sheila. I was named after the song "Sheila" by Tommy Roe - it was my Dad's favourite song." Apr. 8, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Sheila is my name. It's just okay, I can think of much prettier names. I do hate the way it gets pronounced sometimes. Shee-la or Sheil-a, my parents say Shee-la. One thing for sure, there were plenty named Tammy and Sherry in my school who had to tack their last name or initial on their homework. There wasn't another Sheila. I've always loved the names Hannah and Natalie... but wouldn't you know it, I had sons! :)" Jan. 22, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "There is ONLY one way to spell Sheila!!! S H E I L A. I don't care what your mother may have told you your name was. It's not my fault she couldn't spell. Shiela is SHI E LA, Shelia is SHEL I A and Sheilagh is just OVER kill. As many of my sisters have pointed out... google it, it's SHEILA, research it and you will find the others are variations. Though your name may be spelled We still love you, girls who share the name. The intentions were" Nov. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Shiela. My mother chose to spell it I before E except after C. It's difficult to get anyting personalized but i like that it's unique. No one ever spells my name right so I'm pretty used to it. One of my best friends growing up is Sheila (yep, she spells her ei) and we were given the nicknames She and Shi (pronounced Shy) because everyone got tired of us answering at the same time! We still hang together and we now get called Shiela Squared. My last job there were 3 Sheila's, the most in one place I've ever seen! I always tell everyone that it's I before E except after C and in pronouns, but I just ignore the pronoun part! Shiela is a great name and I'm glad it's mine!!" Oct. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I only personally know 1 other Sheila besides myself and that is a distant cousin,but she spells hers the Shelia way. Yes many still spell it wrong. I've gotten called Shelly,She-ra(by my BFF in HS),Sherry (don't know how or why),Sheils. I always wanted a different name because no one ever had that name and no one could ever think of a good nickname to derive from it and it is kind of dated. I do like another poster saying Shae is their nickname-I would much prefer to be called that." Sep. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Sheila, and personally I like my name. But I never liked the nicknames people gave me; they don't suit me. But I am the only Sheila that I have ever met..." Sep. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am sheila 41 yrs. old i didnt care for the name until i grew older.i have been called alot of the simular nicknames mentioned nickname i have been called is "sheiler's" can anyone out there tell me, i thought sheila meant girl in austrailia???i really love the nickname shae" Aug. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila. I hated my name growing up cuz I was the only one. Not so much anymore though. There is a gal here at work in the same dept with the name Sheila. I do get annoyed when it is spelled Shiela and Shelia, but it is all good. Sheila Suzanne." Jul. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Sheila and i live in a very rual area, i moved here from Va. Beach, Va. where i never met another Sheila. I have lived here in Winnabow, NC for 27 years and my nextdoor neighbor is also a Sheila. We go to a little bar about 8 miles from our house where there are 2 more Sheilas that go there! How weird!! We each have different nick names to tell us apart. Mine is She-La-La, i got that from a guy i met in that bar. We have She, She-She and Blonde Sheila. The name must have been popular in the 60's in this area." Apr. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am yet another Sheila who loves her name and always has! Over the years, I have grown more tolerant of people who can't spell my name, including a friend of more than 30 years. As an English teacher, I tell people that - as a proper noun - my name is permitted to break the 'i-e' rule! So great to learn how many of us love our name! We are happy girls, us Sheilas!" Apr. 13, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is sheila and I am 9 years old. I love my name because it has so many meanings to it and they are angel,heaven,muicel,blind,smart and wise, and for god so who ever has the name sheila be prowd of it!!!" Jan. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila as well, and I have to agree with the people who get annoyed with the misspellings of the name. I tell people that the rule is "i before e, except after c" but I'm a rulebreaker and so the e comes first!" Jan. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Sheila, I'm 26 and from Ireland (Derry). I was named after my grand mother and I hated my name most of my life but it's growing on me as I am the only Sheila in my City that I know of." Sep. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a 31 y.o. American Sheila w/ Irish born parents. My aunt is also Sheila but she's called Julie as a nickname. I never understood that til now! I've met an Iranian, Jewish and an Indian Sheila, all of whom believe it originates from their culture. Who knows, I always understood it to be Celtic. Hmm." Sep. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I also love my name. But I hate it when people spell it wrong! It's Sheila and I was born in 1953. Looks like it was pretty popular back then. My mom said she had a hard time deciding if my name should be Lois or Sheila. Boy! I am so glad she picked Sheila!" Aug. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm an English Sheila, born in 1956. I've known several other Sheilas but all older than me. I think in the UK it's a name that was used more in the 30s and 40s. I was the only one at school which was quite nice! It's sad the name seems to have more or less died out now. I often get it spelled wrongly." Jul. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 38 years old and I love my name! When I meet people and tell them my name they always sing the song Oh! Sheila! by Ready For The World! I'll be 40 in a year and a half and I want that song played at my birthday party. One thing is true. Lots of people spell my name incorrectly. Sometimes they don't pronounce it correctly and it drives me crazy...I feel really happy that there is a 20 year old with this name too." Jul. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate



  • "Hello my name's Sheila i also know this person with my same name they call us the Sheila's or Sheila squared, it gets really annoying. Also most of the people i know spell it like Shiela. People are mean." Apr. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 39 and my name is Sheila. I know of two other people name Sheila in my area. People tend to spell my name correctly. I love my name." Apr. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 39 and my name is Sheila. I know of two other people name Sheila in my area. People tend to spell my name correctly. I love my name." Apr. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have known older ladies with the name. It is often spelled or mispronounced, often confused with Shayla, the Mexican variant. I was told it was an Irish name meaning doe, but perhaps she was wrong. It's too bad; I prefer that meaning to a variant of Cecilia." Apr. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "People almost always misspell my name. I get "i" before "e" and also the "i" after the "l". I was born in the 60's, which seems to be when the name peaked in popularity. I knew a couple of other Sheila's growing up and a couple in college. One person I knew spelled her name "Shelia" but pronounced it "SHEE-la."" Jan. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1936, and most of the Sheilas I have known, by far, were my age, give or take a year or two. When I was a girl, four of us lived wihtin shouting distance. My father told me he named me Sheila because it was Irish and because there was a song about "Sheila, the Witch of the Forest" (so he said) at that time--and because there were too many Marys and Catherines in the family. Yes, people do mispronounce my name--"She-il-a" is correct, accent on the first syllable. And it's often misspelled. I even had to explain to my son that names are an exception to the "i before e" rule--Keith, Leigh, Neil, and Reid, for example." Sep. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I dont mind the name Sheila but I also think thats because I grew up with it all my life. People ALWAYS mispell it, but not because if the "I before E except after C but when sounding like A as in neighbor and weigh" rule... it was because people decided it sounded more like Shelia (shell-ee-uh) than SHEILA... so I have gotten into billions of arguements with my friend about the spelling of my name. >< good times good times." Sep. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have the name, but in a spelling that NO one uses." Jul. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Sheila and absolutely love my name. My husband loves my name and said that had he not married me, he would have loved to name his daughter Sheila. One Sheila in our family is enough!" Aug. 2, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is forever being spelt wrongly...Usually as Shiela or shelia. I have only ever known one other person with the name, and I didnt like it when I was a child. Now, as an adult, I quite like it, it's unusual." May. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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