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Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians.
Pronunciation sess-seel'yah
Gender Female
Meaning "[lily of heaven]"
Origin Latin
Nicknames Celia
Related names Celia, Celeste
Popularity Popular names page

Cecilia (pronounced /sɨˈsiːliə/ ses-SEE-lee-ə; Italian pronunciation: [tʃeˈtʃilja]) is a female given name of Latin origin meaning the way for the blind. [1] It is derived from a Roman family name, which was itself derived from the Latin word caecus, meaning blind.

Cecilia, which is the name of Saint Cecilia, the patron saint of music, has been a consistently used name in the United States, where it has ranked among the top 500 names for girls for more than 100 years. It was the 274th most popular name for American girls born in 2007. It was the 317th most popular given name for women and girls in the United States census of 1990. It also ranked among the top 100 names for girls born in Sweden in the early years of the 21st century.[2]

Feminine variant forms

Masculine variants


Source material

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Cecilia, or Memoirs of an Heiress
by Frances Burney
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Cecilia, subtitled "Memoirs of an Heiress", is a novel by Frances Burney, set in 1779 and published in 1782.
Excerpted from Cecilia on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.



Memoirs of an Heiress




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Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also Cecília




Latin Caecilia, female form of Caecilius,a Roman family name derived from the byname caecus (blind).

Proper noun




  1. Saint Cecilia, 3rd century Roman martyr; the patron saint of music. Her feast day is November 22nd.
  2. A female given name

Related terms


  • 1951 translation by Nevill Coghill of: 13?? Geoffrey Chaucer: Canterbury Tales: The Second Nun's Prologue:
    First let me tell you where her name has sprung,
    Cecilia, meaning, as the books agree,
    'Lily of Heaven', in our English tongue,
    To signify her chaste virginity;
  • 1854 Charles Dickens: Hard Times: Book I, Chapter II:
    "Sissy is not a name," said Mr. Gradgrind. "Don't call yourself Sissy. Call yourself Cecilia."
    "It's father as calls me Sissy, Sir," returned the young girl in a trembling voice, and with another curtsy.
    "Then he has no business to do it," said Mr. Gradgrind. "Tell him he mustn't.



Proper noun


  1. A female given name,a spelling variant of Cäcilia.


Proper noun

Cecilia f.

  1. A female given name, cognate to English Cecilia.



Proper noun

Cecilia f.

  1. A female given name, cognate to Cecilia.


Proper noun


  1. A female given name, cognate to Cecilia.

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