Celia is a short form of the Latin name Caecilia, which derived from the Roman family name Caecilius. Besides, Celia is of Etruscan origin and a feminine variant of the Roman family name Caelius.
What does the name Celia mean?
Celia means “of the Caecilius family” and “blind” (from Latin “caecus”), but as well “heavenly” (from Latin “caelum” = heaven) or “heavenly lily” (from Latin “coeli lilia”). Besides, Celia means “september” (from Etruscan “celi”).
Other variants and nicknames
Other variants of Celia are Célia, Celya, Celina and Celine. The male version is Celio and popular nicknames for Celia are Cece, Cel, Lia, Liliy or Cia. Similar first names like Celia are Cela, Celadriel, Celandine, Celea, Celedis, Celena, Celenia, Celerity, Celes, Celest, Celesta, Celeste, Celestia, Celestie, Celestina, Celestine, Celi, Celiana, Celiande, Celice, Celida, Celie, Celija, Celin, Celina, Celinda, Celinde. Celinee, Celinia, Celis ,Celisia, Cella, Cellina, Celly, Celosia and Celyna.
Famous people named Celia
Known as the Queen of Salsa Celia Cruz (1925 - 2003) was a Cuban-American musician. She is the most widely known representative of Cuban music in the 20th centuries. Her parents Simon Cruz and Catalina Alfonso also had three other children: Celia Cruzs’ sisters Dolores Ramos and Gladys Bécquer, as well as her brother Bárbaro Jeménez.
Celia Guevara March (born 1963) is a Cuban marine biologist and daughter of revolutionists Aleida March (born 1936) and Che Guevara (1928 - 1967).
Another Cuban revolutionist was Celia Sánchez Manduley (1920 - 1980), Fidel Castro’s partner in life and politics.
Daughter of the revolutionists Haydée Santamaría Cuadrado (born 1922 - 1980) and Armando Hart (1930 - 2017) was the physicist and author Celia Hart (1963 - 2008).
Celia in literature
The war novel “Celia Garth” (1959), named after the protagonist Celia Garth, by Gwen Bristow (1903 - 1980), is a Cinderella Story during the war of independence in Charleston, USA.
In the play “As you like it” (1599) by William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616) Celia is the daughter of Duke Frederick.
Celia is the beautiful protagonist of Jonathan Swift’s (1667 - 1745) satirical poem “The Lady’s Dressing Room” (1732).