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Origin and Meaning of Ceilidh

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  • A submission from United Kingdom says the name Ceilidh means "It is a name from both Scotland and Ireland, with Ceilidh being the most common spelling for a Ceilidh dance in Scotland, and Ceili in Ireland. It's a folk festival that usually consists of singing, dancing, songwriting and storytelling. The etymology of the word comes from old Irish: celie meaning companion, which became more current Irish then the word split between Scottish Ceilidh and Irish Ceildh. Ceilidh was established as a spelling in the late 19th century." and is of Gaelic origin.
  • A user from New Zealand says the name Ceilidh is of Celtic origin and means "Party, but the much older meaning is warrior".
  • According to a user from Wisconsin, United States, the name Ceilidh is of Gaelic origin and means "Celebration".
  • A submission from Ohio, United States says the name Ceilidh means "A social event at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling." and is of Scottish origin.
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  1. An informal social gathering at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing and folk dancing and story telling

Borrowing from Scottish Gaelic cèilidh and Irish céilí, from Old Irish céile (“companion”).

  1. An Irish or Scottish informal social gathering where traditional folk music is played, with dancing and storytelling.
  2. Any such gathering in the Celtic diaspora.

ceilidh was also found in the following language(s): Irish

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Fun Facts about the name Ceilidh

  • How Popular is the name Ceilidh? Ceilidh is the 35,653rd most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Ceilidh have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 107 babies born with the first name Ceilidh in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ceilidh to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ceilidh? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1989 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Ceilidh born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ceilidh was in 1999 with a total of 12 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Ceilidh: Your name in reverse order is Hdiliec. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ilcihde. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Ceilidh born Mar 13, 2010

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Poland approximately on 1000. Your profession was builder of roads, bridges, and docks.

You were a person with huge energy, good in planning and supervising. If you were just a garbage-man, you were chief garbage-man. Your lesson - to learn humility and faith in spiritual principles. You should believe in High Reason.

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  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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