Cecilia Meaning and Origin

Cecilia is a girl’s name of Latin origin meaning “blind.” Derived from the Roman family name Caecilius, which means “blind” in Latin. According to tradition, Saint Cecilia was a 2nd or 3rd century martyr who refused to worship the Roman gods and was martyred for her Christian faith. She is the patron saint of music, musicians, and singers, and her feast day is celebrated on November 22nd. Cecilia has been used throughout history and in different cultures. It has variations in different languages, such as Cécile in French, Cecília in Portuguese and Spanish, Cäcilia in German, and Chechilia in Georgian. Famous people with the name Cecilia include Saint Cecilia, Cecilia Bartoli (Italian opera singer), Cecilia Roth (Argentinian actress), and Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin (British astronomer).

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