What is so interesting about this name is that there is so much dubious information out there regarding its origins. Its has been suggested to be anywhere from being an Irish name meaning, “beautiful” or “slender” to a form of Katherine to a short form of Makayla. While it may be true that in modern times it has been used as a diminutive form of the tryndee, Makayla and Mikayla, its actual origins are most likely Yiddish.

Spelled Kejla, Kaila, Kayla(h), Keila or Keyla it was a fairly popular name among Ashkenazim Jews in 19th-century Central and Eastern Europe, it was most likely introduced via Jewish immigrants to the United States in the late 19th-century, but, did not become a popular name outside the Ashkenazim Jewish community until the 1980s, when the name was first used for a soap opera character on The Bold and the Beautiful in 1982.

Kayla;s actual meaning is somewhat debated, possible derivations include:

  • It is derived from the Yiddish word, keyle; Keile (dish; receptable)
  • It is a Yiddish form of the Latin female name, Celiaor Cecilia.
  • It is a Yiddish diminutive form of Karolina.
  • It is derived from the Old High German word, geile (happy).
  • It is derived from the Yiddish word, gel (yellow; fair haired).
  • It is a Yiddish form of the Hebrew female name, Kelila.

Kayla first appeared in the U.S. Top 1000 in 1959, coming in as the 987th most popular female name in the United States. By 1983, she first entered the U.S. Top 100 most popular female name, coming in as the 83rd most popular female name. Between 1995 and 1996 she peaked at her highest, coming in as the 11th most popular female for two years in a row. As of 2011, Kayla was the 59th most popular female name in the United States. Her rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 20 (Scotland, 2011)
  • # 41 (Ireland, 2010)
  • # 53 (Canada, BC, 2010)
  • # 55 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
  • # 57 (New Zealand, 2010)
  • # 90 (Australia, NSW, 2011)
  • # 321 (the Netherlands, 2011)
  • # 383 (France, 2010)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Keila (German-Yiddish)
  • Kejla (Polish-Yiddish)
  • Kaila קַײלָע (Yiddish)
  • Kayla קַײלָע (Yiddish)
  • Kaylah (Yiddish)


Gender: Feminine
Origin: German

The name was originally a Frisian or German short form of Celia or Cecilia, but has been used as an independent given name since at least the 19th-century.

The name’s usage has trickled over to the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

As of 2010, Silke was the 41st most popular female name in Denmark and the 114th most popular in the Netherlands.


Gender: Feminine
Origin: Latin
Meaning: “heaven”
Eng (SEE-lee-uh); It (CHEY-lee-ah); Sp (SEY-lee-ah; THEY-lee-ah)

The name is a feminine form of the Roman family name, Caelius, which is derived from the Latin caelum meaning, “heaven.” Alternately, it has also been suggested to be derived from the Estruscan word celi (September).

The name is found as the name of a character in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It (1599).

In the English-speaking world, it is occassionally used as a short form of Cecilia.

Currently, Celia is the 743rd most popular female name, but she is even trendier in other countries. Her rankings are as follows:

# 35 (France, 2008)
# 36 (Spain, 2010)
#49 (Belgium, 2010)
# 89 (Catalonia, 2010)

Other forms of the name include:

Caelia (Ancient Roman)
Zelia (Basque)
Cèlia (Catalan)
Célia (French/Portuguese)
Célie (French)
Zélie (French)
Silke (German/Plattdeutsch)
Silja (Frisian)

A more unusual Italian and Spanish masculine form is Celio and the Polish Celiusz.


  1. http://www.behindthename.com/name/celia
  2. http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celia_(nombre)


celine-dionGender: Feminine
Origin: French
Meaning: “heaven.”
Fr (SAY-leen); Eng (seh-LEEN).

The name is a French feminine form of the Old Roman family name Caelinus which is related to the Latin Caelius meaning “heaven.” In this case the name Celia is related.

It is also sometimes considered a contraction of Marcéline.

The name has always been prevalent in French speaking countries and has become common in non Francophone countries as well.

In Belgium it was the 99th most popular female name in 2003, in France she came in at # 97 in 2002. In the Netherlands she came in # 272 in 2008, while in Norway she came in at # 51 in 2007. In the United States she recently fell out of the top 1000, in 2007 she came in at # 995. The name is borne by Canadian singer Celine Dion. Other forms of the name include:

  • Caelina (Latin)
  • Celina (Italian: pronounced chay-LEE-nah. There is also a masculine form: Celino)
  • Celina/Celine (Norwegian: seh-LEE-nah; seh-LEE-nε).
  • Celina (Polish: pronounced tseh-LEE-nah)

The designated name-day in France is October 21.