Latin. St. Cecelia was the Patron Saint of Music.
My husband and I wanted a name that was unique, but not strange. We wanted something that would carry her gracefully from childhood to adulthood, (No Carrie's or Jenny's for us) and something that would be strong and inspire confidence, in her own view, and in others view of her. We also needed something that had a meaning we could support.
We searched for 15 months (We started looking with one pregnancy, and then I lost that baby, so we continued our search into the second.), and there was no name that we could think of that we both liked. Nothing. We began to hope for a boy (this name was easier for us to choose).
I had feeling that I was carrying a girl, so we decided that we HAD to pick a name soon. We went to Barnes and Noble, and took all of the baby name books we could carry to a table. I began at the end of the alphabet, my husband began at the beginning, and we called out names, and vetoed names, rapid fire, back and forth.
Finally my husbund said Cecelia. I was ready to veto, out of habit by now, but I stopped myself and said it out loud. It sounded okay, so we looked up the meaning. St. Cecelia was the Patron Saint of Music. Perfect--we are both musicians, and this has been a large part of our lives.
We closed the books and went home. We have never looked back. Cecelia is now 4 months old, and perfect in every way. We get tons of compliments on how pretty the name is, and we only know one other Cecilia (spelled differently). We couldn't be happier with our choice.
Cecelia Rose, my perfect girl.
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