Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Camila

Camila is the Spanish and Portuguese form of Camilla, both of which are derived from an Old Roman family name Camillus, which itself developed from a cognomen originally derived from a nickname. Camillus was a term (probably of Etruscan origin) referring to an acolyte (i.e., a performer of ceremonial duties of a religious or spiritual nature). A “camillus” was typically a pre-pubescent boy chosen from the plebeian or patrician classes to attend the Priests during rituals and sacrifices in the Roman Republic’s pagan era. In other words, the term described the ancient precursors to altar boys. The ancientness of this name is attested to by Marcus Furius Camillus (c. 446-365 B.C.), a famous Roman statesman and soldier dubbed the “second founder of Rome”. Camillus was likely given his cognomen-nickname during infancy in honor of a family relative who happened to be the High Priest of Rome (the “Pontifex Maximus”). Aside from Camila’s connection to ancient religious acolytes, a character named Camilla also appears in Virgil’s famous epic poem, “The Aeneid” (written in the first century B.C.). In Virgil’s version of the story, Camilla was the daughter of King Metabus, and, at birth, was promised to the service of Diana (goddess of the hunt). One day, while the king was escaping a revolt in his kingdom, he came upon a river as he was carrying the baby Camilla. He tied her to his spear and safely hurled her to the other side of the raging waters. Camilla was raised as a warrior maiden and became accustomed to the chase as a servant of Diana. Virgil claimed that Camilla ran so quickly she could turn blades of grass into ashes, and he described her as the strongest living female mortal ever. Moreover, as an aside, “kāmil” is the Arabic word for perfection.

All About the Baby Name – Camila

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME CAMILA

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME CAMILA

The spelling of Camila in America hasn’t been around for very long. It first debuted on the U.S. female naming charts in 1997. Incidentally, however, the Spanish version Camila is now more popular than both Camilla (English) and Camille (French). The increased usage of Camila in America is certainly a factor of the rising Hispanic-American population compounded by a general revival interest in this ancient name. The “Camilla” names are classical, pretty and downright elegant. The Spanish Camila also has a certain European sophistication that makes her an excellent choice for any lucky little baby girl.

Quick Facts

ON CAMILA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Latin

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

39

PRONUNCIATION:

kah-MEE-lah

SIMPLE MEANING:

Ancient pagan altar boy

Characteristics

OF CAMILA

Communicative

Creative

Optimistic

Popular

Social

Dramatic

Happy

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Camila

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME CAMILA

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Camila

Popular Songs

ON CAMILA

Camila
a song by Yahir Duran

Camila's Song
a song by Teslim

Famous People

NAMED CAMILA

Camila Alves (model/TV personality)

Children of Famous People

NAMED CAMILA

We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Camila

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME CAMILA

We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Camila