From the name of the flowering shrub which gets its name from the botanist who first classified it, Georg Josef Kamel.
The name has been used in France since at least the 18th-century.
As of 2010, its French form of Camélia was the 156th most popular female name in France.
Other forms include:
The designated name-day in France in October 5.
The name is currently borne by French pop singer, Camélia Jordana (b.1992).