Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Sheila

Sheela and Sheila are the Irish-Gaelic forms of Cecilia. Cecilia comes from the Latin Caecilía which is the feminine form of the Old Roman family name Caecilius. Caecilius comes from the Latin word “caecus” which means “blind” and was originally borne as a byname for a Roman plebeian family dating back to the 5th century B.C. The Plebs were free landowning Roman citizens and fell somewhere between the slaves and the elite Patricians. The Caecilius family traced their ancestry to a Roman mythological figure, Caeculus (“little blind boy”), who was a son of Vulcan, god of fire. Legend has it that Caeculus was born of Vulcan’s spark, found on a hearth and raised among shepherds. The boy showed mastery over fire, but the smoke did damage his eyes (hence his moniker: little blind one). Caeculus is also credited as the founder 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 B.C., a member of the Caecilius family obtained consulship, the highest elected office in the Roman Republic, which brought prominence to the name. The female given name Cecilia was popularized during the Middle Ages, in homage to the 2nd century Saint Cecilia (Latin: Sancta Caecilia). Cecilia refused to worship the Roman gods during the reign of Marcus Aurelius, and 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 medieval times and so her name was bestowed upon children as a protective measure. The French brought Cécile to England via the Norman Conquest of 1066 and it eventually landed in Ireland where the name was interpreted as Síle in the Gaelic tongue (pronounced SHEE-la) which eventually became anglicized as Sheila.

All About the Baby Name – Sheila

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME SHEILA

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME SHEILA

Sheila first appeared on America’s Top 1000 list of baby girl names in 1917, probably brought to the U.S. by Irish immigrants. The name grew steadily in usage as time progressed before landing on the Top 100 list for the first time in 1942. Sheila managed to maintain Top 100 status nationwide for 30 consecutive years (until 1972) – in other words, Shelia was quite fashionable in the 1940s, 50s and 60s. She achieved her highest position ever on the charts in 1963 and again in 1965 when she ranked #50 in the country. Sheila’s popularity, however, declined about as quickly as she once advanced. 2007 marks the last year old Sheila could claim Top 1000 status. In 2012, only 144 baby girls were given the name Sheila.

Quick Facts

ON SHEILA

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

Gaelic

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

N/A

PRONUNCIATION:

SHEE-la

SIMPLE MEANING:

Blind

Characteristics

OF SHEILA

Multi-talented

Intuitive

Oneness

Idealistic

Philanthropy

Independent

Perfection

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Sheila

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME SHEILA

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

Popular Songs

ON SHEILA

To Sheila
a song by the Smashing Pumpkins

Sweet Little Sheila
a song by Modern Talking

Sheila Take a Bow
a song by The Smiths

Sheila Says
a song by Jimmy Buffett

Sheila Liked the Rodeo
a song by The Tear Garden

Sheila is a Vampire
a song by The Vladimirs

Sheila
a song by Georgia Satellites

She Sheila
a song by Nelson

Oh Sheila
a song by Ready for the World

Ballad of Paul and Sheila
a song by Mason Jennings

Famous People

NAMED SHEILA

Sheila E. (singer)

Children of Famous People

NAMED SHEILA

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

Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME SHEILA

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