Celia (given name)


Celia (given name)

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Celia is a given name for females, as well as a nickname for Cecilia, Celeste, or Celestina. Variants include Celie and Celja (Polish).

The name is often derived from the Roman family name "Caelius", thought to originate in the Latin "caelum" ("heaven") [1] . As a derivative of Cecilia, Celia can also mean "blind" or "musical".

Celia was popular in British pastoral literature in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, stemming from Shakespeare's use in the play 'As You Like It.' [2]

Names with similar meanings in other languages

*Kūlani ("heavenly", Hawaiian)
*Silke (German)

Notable Celias

*Celia Adler, actress
*Celia Barlow, politician
*Celia Birtwell, textile designer
*Celia Corres, field hockey player
*Celia Cruz, singer
*Celia Dropkin, poet
*Celia W. Dugger, journalism
*Celia Farber, journalism
*Celia Fiennes, travel writer
*Celia Franca, founder of National Ballet of Canada
*Celia Green, intellectual and author
*Celia Gregory, actress
*Celia Imrie, actress
*Celia Johnson, actress
*Celia Kitzinger, professor
*Celia Larkin, partner of Prime Minister
*Celia Lovsky, actress
*Celia Rees, author
*Celia S. Friedman, writer
*Celia Sánchez, Cuban revolutionary
*Celia Sankar, writer and motivational speaker
*Celia Thaxter, poetry and stories
*Celia Olascoaga, princess of Peru

Literary Celias

*Celia Gálvez de Montalbán, in Elena Fortún's classic Spanish series of novels which began in 1929 with "Celia, lo que dice".
*Celia Hamilton, in the Mandie series by Lois Gladys Leppard
*Celia Brooke, sister of Dorothea Brooke, the central character of George Eliot's "Middlemarch" (1873)
*Celia, the object of Strephon's obsession in Jonathan Swift's "The Lady's Dressing Room". [http://www.potw.org/archive/potw158.html]


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