Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Cecilie

 Cecilie is the Danish and Norwegian form of Cecilia, both of which are derived from the Latin Caecilía, itself a feminine form of the Old Roman family name Caecilius. Caecilius, in turn, comes from the Latin word “caecus” meaning “blind” (most likely developed as a byname for a Roman plebeian family who dated back to the 5th century BC).  The Plebs were free landowning Roman citizens and fell somewhere between the slaves and the elite Patricians. The family traced their ancestry to a Roman mythological figure, Caeculus (“little blind boy”), who was a son of Vulcan, god of fire. According to Ancient Roman legend, Caeculus was born of Vulcan’s spark, found on a hearth and raised among shepherds. The boy showed mastery over fire, but the smoke damaged his eyes which caused them to be smaller than normal (hence his moniker: little blind one). Caeculus is also credited with the founding of Praeneste, an ancient city east of Rome. An alternative tradition claimed that the Caecilii were descended from Caecas, who had accompanied Aeneas to Italy after the Greeks sacked Troy. By the 3rd century BC, a member of the Caecilius family obtained consulship (the highest elected office in the Roman Republic) and so brought more prominence to the family within Old Roman society. 
 
The names Cecilia and Cecilie survived through the Middle Ages not because of the Ancient Roman family name, but rather in homage to a popular 2nd century saint named Cecilia (Latin: Sancta Caecilia). Cecilia refused to worship the Roman gods during the reign of Marcus Aurelius (then a crime in the pre-Christian Roman Empire), and so was martyred after being tortured, suffocated and finally beheaded. She is the patron saint of music and musicians because as she lay dying she was said to be singing to God. As with many early saints, Cecilia became quite legendary in the Middle Ages and so her name was given to children as a protective measure.  

All About the Baby Name – Cecilie

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME CECILIE

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME CECILIE

 Cecilie is still used in Denmark and Norway, though it is far less common than it was in earlier decades. This particular spelling was only given to five baby girls born in America in 2013 (we’re assuming they were of either Danish, Norwegian or Czech heritage). The preferred spelling in America right now is Cecelia (currently ranked #223 in the country).  We love this name for the saint’s connection to music – even Simon and Garfunkel paid tribute to her in their famous 1970 song. 

Quick Facts

ON CECILIE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Nordic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

3

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

sə-SEEL-yə

SIMPLE MEANING:

Blind

Characteristics

OF CECILIE

Independent

Individualistic

Ambitious

Strong-willed

Inventive

Successful

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Cecilie

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME CECILIE

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

Popular Songs

ON CECILIE

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Famous People

NAMED CECILIE

Cecilie Løveid (Norwegian novelist)
Cecilie Pedersen (Norwegian footballer)
Cecilie Gotaas Johnsen (Norwegian road cyclist)
Duchess Cecilie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin (German princess)
Cecilie Thomsen (Danish actress)
Cecilie Sandvej (Danish footballer)
Princess Cecilie of Greece and Denmark (Danish princess)

Children of Famous People

NAMED CECILIE

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME CECILIE

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