Celis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Celis and its many variations have several possible origins. Some are rooted in the Old Italian words "cellaio" or "cellario," which mean "butler;" in which case the name would have been derived from the occupation of the first bearers of the name. Some versions of this name are rooted in the word "cielo," meaning "sky." Alternatively, it is also quite probably that some instances of this surname were derived from place-names such as Cella in Lombardy, Celle, Tuscany, or Cellino, Venice.

Early Origins of the Celis family

The surname Celis was first found in Pistoia, where the Cellesi family originates. The earliest records of bearers of this name date back to a record of the Cella family of Cremona in 1160. In 1200, a member of the Cellesi family of Pistoia was master of the bishops in the city and thus was responsible for appointing new individuals.

Early History of the Celis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Celis research. Another 26 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1447, 1452, 1523, 1500, 1578, 1639, 1601, 1658, 1606, 1659, 1637, 1689, 1670, 1604, 1687, 1637 and 1695 are included under the topic Early Celis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Celis Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Celi, Celli, Cella, Cellotti, Cellini, Cellesi, Cieli, Cielo, Celini, Celìn, Celotti, Celotto, Celozzi, Celoni, Celn, Celona and many more.

Early Notables of the Celis family (pre 1700)

Prominent among members of the family was Baccio Cellini, born in 1447 in Florence, famous for his intricate and complicated decorations; Prospero Colonna (1452-1523), an Italian condottiero in the service of the Papal States and the Holy Roman Empire during the Italian Wars; Benvenuto Cellini (born 1500), an Italian goldsmith, sculptor and engraver; Filippo Colonna (1578-1639), Prince of Paliano, an Italian nobleman, the head of the Colonna family of Rome and the hereditary Gran Connestabile at the court of Naples, father of Marcantonio V Colonna; Anna Colonna (1601-1658), an Italian noblewoman of...
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United States Celis migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Celis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Garcia Dc Celis, who landed in America in 1817 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Celis (post 1700) +

  • Ricardo Celis Flores, Mexican American Spanish-language sportscaster
  • Pedro Celis, Mexican retired Distinguished Engineer from Microsoft Corporation who served at the U.S. President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) from 2003 to 2005
  • Marcos de Celis Salvador (1932-2018), Spanish bullfighter
  • Guillermo León Celis Montiel (b. 1993), Colombian professional footballer
  • François Celis, Belgian long-distance runner. He competed in the men's marathon at the 1908 Summer Olympics
  • Matías Jesús Celis Contreras (b. 1989), Chilean footballer, who plays for Deportes Recoleta as a defender or midfielder
  • Nancy Celis (b. 1966), German volleyball player who competed in the women's tournament at the 1996 Summer Olympics
  • Pérez Celis (1939-2008), born Celis Pérez, an Argentine artist who earned international recognition for his paintings, sculptures, murals and engravings
  • Pierre Celis (1925-2011), Belgian brewer who opened his first brewery in 1966 to revive the wit beer style in his hometown of Hoegaarden
  • Leopoldo Sánchez Celis (1916-1989), Mexican politician who was governor of Sinaloa from 1963 to 1968
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ 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)


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