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Updated May 24, 2023

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Latin: Blind one; the sixth; feminine form of Cecil

What does the name Cecilia mean and stand for?

The name Cecilia is of Latin origin and means "blind." It is the feminine form of Cecil, which was derived from a Roman clan name related to the Latin caecus, also meaning "blind." 

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How Popular Is The Name Cecilia

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Popularity of the Name Cecilia 

According to Social Security Administration data, Cecilia has slowly risen in the ranks, reaching its peak at 147 in 2020, and breaking the top 150 for the first time.

However, it is the 3rd most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Cecilia was at its peak popularity in October 2018.

Cecilia began as a name with the martyred Saint Cecilia, who is the patron saint of musicians, during the Middle Ages. Its sister spelling, Cecelia, is not nearly as popular, perhaps due to Saint Cecilia.

The name Cecilia has been a popular choice for literary characters, appearing in Hard Times, The Hunger Games, The Virgin Suicides, and The Atonement. It also appeared in various other forms of entertainment, such as New Girl, Aquamarine, Beaches, and 7th Heaven. Actress Cecilia Parker, Cecilia Peck, and various members of royalty are notable namesakes.

Where is the Name Cecilia Popular?

Cecilia was searched for most often in the following states:

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