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Priscilla is an English female given name adopted from the Italian Priscilla, derived from the Latin priscus (old).[1] One suggestion is that it is intended to bestow long life on the bearer.

It appears in the New Testament of the Christian Bible variously as Priscilla and Prisca.[2] The name appears in English literature in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queen (1596) and was adopted as an English name by the Puritans in the 17th Century. The use of the name began to decline during the 1960s, possibly because of an association with the slang term prissy, in the sense of meaning prim or prudish.[3]

Diminutive forms of the name include Cilla, Pris, Prissy, "Justin" Prill and Scilla. Pussy is also a diminutive but has fallen out of common usage.

Priscilla may refer to:



  • Priscilla, one of a string of small lunar craters near the crater Davy; see Davy (crater)



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  • Priscilla (sloop), a classic oyster dredging sloop and U.S. National Historic Landmark berthed at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, New York
  • USS Priscilla (SP-44), the proposed designation of an auxiliary schooner acquired by the United States Navy in 1917 but never commissioned



  1. ^ Harper, Douglas (November 2001). "Priscilla". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2006-08-10. 
  2. ^ Alexander, Joseph Addison (1857). The Acts of the Apostles explained, volume II. London: Nisbet. 
  3. ^ Room, Adrian (2002). Cassell's Dictionary of First Names. Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.. ISBN 0304362263. 

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Feminine diminutive form of a Roman cognomen Priscus, Latin "ancient".

Proper noun




  1. A female given name of biblical origin.
  2. (Biblical) An early Christian also known as Prisca.


  • 1611, King James Version of the Bible (Authorized Version), Acts 18:2:
    And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
  • 1858 Henry Wadswoth Longfellow: The Courtship of Miles Standish:
    Letters written by Alden, and full of the name of Priscilla,
    Full of the name and the fame of the Puritan maiden Priscilla!
  • 2003 Minette Walters: Disordered Minds: Macmillan. ISBN 1741142121 p.354:
    'Priscilla,' she said, --- 'The same name I've had for twenty years!' She smiled cynically. 'And, before you ask why, I was stoned when I chose it, so any thoughts of Cill were in my subconscious. I used to think it was classier than Louise or Daisy... probably because the Trevelyans were such snobs.'

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"Priscilla" is the diminutive form of "Prisca", literally, it means "little Prisca." Her name, Prisca, or Priscilla, is a name that comes from a high-ranking Roman family. There are records that indicate that this was a woman from the patrician class, which was the nobility in Rome.

She is known as the wife of Aquila (Acts 18:2), who is never mentioned without her. Her name sometimes takes the precedence of his (Rom 16:3; 2 Tim 4:19). She took part with Aquila in instructing Apollos (Acts 18:26).

This entry includes text from Easton's Bible Dictionary, 1897.

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