Usage: Priscilla, of Latin origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a girl (female) name.
People having the name Priscilla are in general originating from Cote d'Ivoire, France, Italy, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Priscilla across the world, see Priscus.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 9.
The name Priscilla is ranked on the 778th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 732000 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.011% of the population.
The name Priscilla has nine characters. It means that it is relatively long-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Priscilla for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Priscilla is an English female given name adopted from the Roman Priscilla, derived from the Latin priscus (old). One suggestion is that it is intended to bestow long life on the bearer.
It appears in the New Testament of the Christian Bible variously as Priscilla and Prisca. The name appears in English literature in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene (1596) and was adopted as an English name by the Puritans in the 17th century. The use of the name began to decline during the 1960s, possibly because of an association with the slang term prissy, in the sense of meaning prim or prudish.
Diminutive forms of the name include Lily, Cilla, Pris, Prissy, Prisk, P, Pru/Prue and Scilla.
Priscilla may refer to:
- Priscilla (Brazilian singer) (born 1990), Brazilian singer and songwriter
- Prisca (empress) (d. 315), Roman empress, wife of Diocletian and mother of Valeria Galeria
- Saint Prisca (late 1st century), Roman Catholic martyr and saint
- Priscilla, an early Christian of the Christian New Testament and companion to St. Paul; see Priscilla and Aquila
- Priscilla Betti (born 1989), French singer and actress
- Priscilla Ahn, singer
- Priscilla Alden (c. 1602-c. c. 1680), member of Massachusetts’s Plymouth Colony, wife of John Alden
- Priscilla Barnes (born 1955), American actress
- Priscilla Bertie, 21st Baroness Willoughby de Eresby (1761–1828)
- Priscilla Chan (born 1965), singer from Hong Kong
- Priscilla Hill (born 1960), American retired figure skater
- Priscilla Horton (1818–1895), English singer and actress
- Priscilla Kemble (1756–1845), English actress
- Priscilla Lane (1915–1995), of the singing Lane Sisters
- Priscilla Leung (born 1961), Hong Kong legislator, barrister and associate professor
- Priscilla Lopez (born 1948), American singer, dancer and actress
- Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (born 1982), Canadian track and field hurdler
- Priscilla Martel (born 1956), American chef, food writer and consultant
- Priscilla Owen (born 1954), United States federal judge for the Fifth Circuit
- Priscilla Pointer (born 1924), American actress and mother of actress Amy Irving
- Priscilla Presley (born 1945), American actress and businesswoman and ex-wife of Elvis Presley
- Priscilla Cooper Tyler (1816–1889), former acting First Lady of the United States, the daughter-in-law of President John Tyler
- Priscilla Wakefield (1751–1832), English Quaker educational writer and philanthropist
- Priscilla Welch (born 1944), British marathon runner
Of New Testament origin: from a post-classical Latin personal name, a feminine diminutive of the Roman family name Priscus (see Prisca). Priscilla was the name of a woman with whom St Paul stayed at Corinth (Acts 18: 3), referred to elsewhere as Prisca. The name was popular among the Puritans in the 17th century and again enjoyed a vogue in the 19th century.
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