See also: Cecília, Cécilia, and Cecilía

English

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Etymology

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From Latin Caecilia, feminine form of Caecilius, a Roman family name possibly derived from the byname caecus (blind). Popularized by Saint Cecilia, third century Roman martyr, the patron saint of music. Doublet of Sheila.

Pronunciation

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Proper noun

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Cecilia

  1. A female given name from Latin.
    • 1694, Joseph Addison, A Song for St. Cecilia's Day:
      Hark how the flutes and trumpets raise / At bright Cecilia's name, their lays!
    • 1854, Charles Dickens, “Book I, Chapter II”, in Hard Times. For These Times, London: Bradbury & Evans, [], →OCLC:
      ‘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 curtsey. ‘Then he has no business to do it,’ said Mr. Gradgrind. ‘Tell him he mustn’t. Cecilia Jupe. Let me see. What is your father?’
    • 1928, Lynn Montross, “Silent Minstrel”, in American Magazine, volume 106, page 14:
      Because they had named her Cecilia, her parents fancied that the matter of her life and character had been fairly well settled. She would, of course, be quiet and pale and mystical, like the saint whose picture hung above the old upright piano in the Kirby living-room.
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Finnish

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Etymology

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From Swedish Cecilia.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsesi(ː)liɑ/, [ˈs̠e̞s̠i(ː)ˌliɑ̝]

Proper noun

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Cecilia

  1. a female given name

Declension

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Inflection of Cecilia (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
nominative Cecilia Ceciliat
genitive Cecilian Cecilioiden
Cecilioitten
partitive Ceciliaa Cecilioita
illative Ceciliaan Cecilioihin
singular plural
nominative Cecilia Ceciliat
accusative nom. Cecilia Ceciliat
gen. Cecilian
genitive Cecilian Cecilioiden
Cecilioitten
Ceciliain rare
partitive Ceciliaa Cecilioita
inessive Ceciliassa Cecilioissa
elative Ceciliasta Cecilioista
illative Ceciliaan Cecilioihin
adessive Cecilialla Cecilioilla
ablative Cecilialta Cecilioilta
allative Cecilialle Cecilioille
essive Ceciliana Cecilioina
translative Ceciliaksi Cecilioiksi
abessive Ceciliatta Cecilioitta
instructive Cecilioin
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of Cecilia (Kotus type 12/kulkija, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative Ceciliani Ceciliani
accusative nom. Ceciliani Ceciliani
gen. Ceciliani
genitive Ceciliani Cecilioideni
Cecilioitteni
Ceciliaini rare
partitive Ceciliaani Cecilioitani
inessive Ceciliassani Cecilioissani
elative Ceciliastani Cecilioistani
illative Ceciliaani Cecilioihini
adessive Ceciliallani Cecilioillani
ablative Cecilialtani Cecilioiltani
allative Cecilialleni Cecilioilleni
essive Cecilianani Cecilioinani
translative Ceciliakseni Cecilioikseni
abessive Ceciliattani Cecilioittani
instructive
comitative Cecilioineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative Ceciliasi Ceciliasi
accusative nom. Ceciliasi Ceciliasi
gen. Ceciliasi
genitive Ceciliasi Cecilioidesi
Cecilioittesi
Ceciliaisi rare
partitive Ceciliaasi Cecilioitasi
inessive Ceciliassasi Cecilioissasi
elative Ceciliastasi Cecilioistasi
illative Ceciliaasi Cecilioihisi
adessive Ceciliallasi Cecilioillasi
ablative Cecilialtasi Cecilioiltasi
allative Ceciliallesi Cecilioillesi
essive Cecilianasi Cecilioinasi
translative Ceciliaksesi Cecilioiksesi
abessive Ceciliattasi Cecilioittasi
instructive
comitative Cecilioinesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative Ceciliamme Ceciliamme
accusative nom. Ceciliamme Ceciliamme
gen. Ceciliamme
genitive Ceciliamme Cecilioidemme
Cecilioittemme
Ceciliaimme rare
partitive Ceciliaamme Cecilioitamme
inessive Ceciliassamme Cecilioissamme
elative Ceciliastamme Cecilioistamme
illative Ceciliaamme Cecilioihimme
adessive Ceciliallamme Cecilioillamme
ablative Cecilialtamme Cecilioiltamme
allative Ceciliallemme Cecilioillemme
essive Cecilianamme Cecilioinamme
translative Ceciliaksemme Cecilioiksemme
abessive Ceciliattamme Cecilioittamme
instructive
comitative Cecilioinemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative Cecilianne Cecilianne
accusative nom. Cecilianne Cecilianne
gen. Cecilianne
genitive Cecilianne Cecilioidenne
Cecilioittenne
Ceciliainne rare
partitive Ceciliaanne Cecilioitanne
inessive Ceciliassanne Cecilioissanne
elative Ceciliastanne Cecilioistanne
illative Ceciliaanne Cecilioihinne
adessive Ceciliallanne Cecilioillanne
ablative Cecilialtanne Cecilioiltanne
allative Ceciliallenne Cecilioillenne
essive Ceciliananne Cecilioinanne
translative Ceciliaksenne Cecilioiksenne
abessive Ceciliattanne Cecilioittanne
instructive
comitative Cecilioinenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative Ceciliansa Ceciliansa
accusative nom. Ceciliansa Ceciliansa
gen. Ceciliansa
genitive Ceciliansa Cecilioidensa
Cecilioittensa
Ceciliainsa rare
partitive Ceciliaansa Cecilioitaan
Cecilioitansa
inessive Ceciliassaan
Ceciliassansa
Cecilioissaan
Cecilioissansa
elative Ceciliastaan
Ceciliastansa
Cecilioistaan
Cecilioistansa
illative Ceciliaansa Cecilioihinsa
adessive Ceciliallaan
Ceciliallansa
Cecilioillaan
Cecilioillansa
ablative Cecilialtaan
Cecilialtansa
Cecilioiltaan
Cecilioiltansa
allative Cecilialleen
Ceciliallensa
Cecilioilleen
Cecilioillensa
essive Cecilianaan
Cecilianansa
Cecilioinaan
Cecilioinansa
translative Ceciliakseen
Ceciliaksensa
Cecilioikseen
Cecilioiksensa
abessive Ceciliattaan
Ceciliattansa
Cecilioittaan
Cecilioittansa
instructive
comitative Cecilioineen
Cecilioinensa

Statistics

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  • Cecilia is the 329th most common female given name in Finland, belonging to 1,375 female individuals (and as a middle name to 3,619 more, making it more common as a middle name), according to February 2023 data from the Digital and Population Data Services Agency of Finland.

German

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Proper noun

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Cecilia

  1. a female given name, variant of Cäcilia

Italian

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /t͡ʃeˈt͡ʃi.lja/
  • Rhymes: -ilja
  • Hyphenation: Ce‧cì‧lia

Proper noun

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Cecilia f

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Cecilia

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Spanish

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): (Spain) /θeˈθilja/ [θeˈθi.lja]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /seˈsilja/ [seˈsi.lja]
  • Rhymes: -ilja
  • Syllabification: Ce‧ci‧lia

Proper noun

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Cecilia f

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Cecilia

Swedish

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Etymology

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From Latin saint's name Caecilia. First recorded in Sweden in the 12th century.

Pronunciation

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  • Audio:(file)

Proper noun

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Cecilia c (genitive Cecilias)

  1. a female given name, equivalent to English Cecilia

References

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  • Roland Otterbjörk: Svenska förnamn, Almqvist & Wiksell 1996, →ISBN
  • [1] Statistiska centralbyrån and Sture Allén, Staffan Wåhlin, Förnamnsboken, Norstedts 1995, →ISBN: 63 761 females with the given name Cecilia living in Sweden on December 31st, 2010, with the frequency peak in the 1970s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.