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Cecilia (f) A feminine form of Cecil, which itself
derives from a Latin word meaning ‘blind’. An alternative
spelling is Cecelia, of which Celia is a diminutive.
Other names from the same source are Cicely, Cecily,
Cecile and Cissie. The Irish version of the name is Sue,
anglicised as Sheila, Sheela, etc. Cecilia was most used in Scotland in the nineteenth century, but its use has declined slowly since then. Roman Catholic parents have remained most faithful to it, no doubt because of St Cecilia, the patron saint of music and of the blind.

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