Celia History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Celia is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from happy person who had good fortune. It is derive from the Old English word saelig, meaning happy and blessed. [1]

Early listings of the name was typically seen a "sely" and "seli" and was referenced at least twice in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales:

"For sely is that deth, soth for to seyne, That, ofte y- cleped, com'th and endeth peyne"; and

"That Nicholas shal shapen hym a wyle This sely, jalous housbonde to bigyle."

Early Origins of the Celia family

The surname Celia was first found in Somerset where the first listings of name were found as a personal name: Sely atte Bergh; Sely Percy; and Sely Scury. All were found in Kirby's Quest temp. 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III. [2] The one exception of the aforementioned was William Sely.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 has some interesting entries too: William Sely in Oxfordshire; Egidius Sely in Norfolk; and John Sely in Gloucestershire. [3]

Early History of the Celia family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Celia research. Another 131 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1618, 1621, 1760, 1602, 1668 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Celia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Celia Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Celia has been spelled many different ways, including Cely, Ceeley, Celey, Ceely, Ceiley, Seely, Seeley and others.

Early Notables of the Celia family (pre 1700)

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Celia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Celia migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Celias to arrive in North America:

Celia Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Juan De Celia, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1829 [4]
  • Felipe De Celia, aged 25, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Celia (post 1700) +

  • Olivia Celia McKoy (b. 1973), retired female javelin thrower from Jamaica
  • Celia Jane Innes C.V.O., L.V.O. (b. 1948), British Lady in Waiting to The Princess Royal, was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order on 29th December 2018 [5]
  • Ms. Celia Jane Knight M.B.E., British Neighbourhood Development Officer for Nottingham City Council, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to the community in Nottingham [6]
  • Ms. Celia Anne Anthony M.B.E., British recipient of the Member of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to British foreign policy [5]
  • Celia Handscombe, American actress, known for My Guardian Angel (2018) and Flowers in the Graveyard (2015)
  • Celia McWee, American writer, known for A Wound That Never Heals (2015)
  • Celia Imrie (b. 1952), English Screen Actors Guild Award nominated actress, known for her roles in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace (1999) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004
  • Celia Laighton Thaxter (1835-1894), American writer of poetry and stories, her house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986
  • Celia Brayfield (b. 1945), English author, journalist and cultural commentator
  • Celia Williams Dugger (b. 1958), American journalist, deputy science editor of The New York Times

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  6. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1

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