Cecilia Name Meaning & Origin

Cecilia

Pronunciation: sə-SEEL-yə, sə-SEE-lee-ə (key)

Origin of the name Cecilia:

Feminine form of Cecil, which is derived from Caecilius, an old Roman family name, which has its root in the Latin caecus (blind, dim-sighted). The name was borne by a 3rd-century Christian who founded a church in the Trastevere section of Rome. During the 6th century, a story of her life was written and she was henceforth venerated as a martyr. She is regarded as the patron saint of musicians.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Cecelia, Cecile, Cecilie, Cecily, Ceil, Celia, Cicely

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Nicknames for Cecilia

Cici, Ceci, Cece, Sissy, Cissy, Ces, Celia, Celie, Ceil, Cila, Ciel, Lia, Cia, Cecil, Celia-Belia, Sesame, C.C. Sicily

Meanings and history of the name Cecilia

(Latin) Female name of Latin origin meaning "the way for the blind."
(French) "one of the shining light" or "one of the world".
"blind one"

The name of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music.

Famous real-life people named Cecilia

Cecilia Peck, American actress; daughter of Gregory Peck
Cecilia Bartoli, Italian opera singer
Cecilia Parker, American actress
Cecilia Cheung, Hong Kong actress
Cecilia Beaux, American portraitist
Cecilia Delphine Walton (b. 2012), daughter of American actress and singer Majandra Delfino and American actor David Walton

Cecilia in song, story & screen

"Cecilia," song by Simon & Garfunkel.
"The Shrine of St. Cecilia" sung by The Andrew Sisters
"Does Your Mother Know You're Out, Cecilia?" (second line "Does she know that I'm about to steal ya?"), song by Hal Derwin with Shep Fields, 1940s big band artist from the West Coast.
"Cecilia and the Satellite" song by Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
"Cecilia," song by Ace of Base

Cecilia "Sissy" Jupe, a main character in Charles Dicken's "Hard Times"
Cecilia Tallis - Atonement
Cecelia - SouthSide
Cecilia Lisbon, character in the novel and film The Virgin Suicides
Cecilia Vanger, character in Stieg Larsson's "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Cecilia, the main character from the novel "Cecilia" by Fanny Burney
Cecilia was the girlfriend of Tom Riddle Sr. in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling.
Cecilia "Tommy" Rainham Linton from the Billabong series
Detective Cecilia Garza, character in The Intercept by Dick Wolf

Cecilia, character played by Camilla Luddington in the film The Healer (2017)
"Cecilia" Veronica Lodge's middle name in the show "Riverdale"

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