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Origin and Meaning of Cilia

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Cil"i*a
  1. [Anat] The eyelashes.
  2. [Biol] Small, generally microscopic, vibrating appendages lining certain organs, as the air passages of the higher animals, and in the lower animals often covering also the whole or a part of the exterior. They are also found on some vegetable organisms. In the Infusoria, and many larval forms, they are locomotive organs.
  3. [Bot] Hairlike processes, commonly marginal and forming a fringe like the eyelash.
  4. [Zoöl] Small, vibratory, swimming organs, somewhat resembling true cilia, as those of Ctenophora.

Etymology: L. cilium eyelid

  1. plural of cilium

cilia was also found in the following language(s): Latin

Notable Persons Named Cilia

Cilia Flores is an Attorney General of Venezuela, First Lady of Venezuela, 4th President of theNational Assembly, and List of First Ladies of Venezuela. Cilia was born Cilia Flores on October 15th, 1953 in Tinaquillo.


Cilia van Dijk-Lieshout is a film producer. Cilia was born on November 22nd, 1941 in Uden.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Cilia

Martin Cilia is a rock music, surf music, pop music, and garage rock musician and songwriter. He plays Guitar, Bass guitar, Fender Stratocaster, Fender Jaguar, Fender Precision Bass, Fender Jazz Bass, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1974. Martin was born in 1958 in Rochford.


Trevor Cilia is a soccer player for the Floriana F.C., Birkirkara F.C., Sliema Wanderers F.C., Malta national under-21 football team, and Malta national football team. Trevor was born on January 2nd, 1983 in Pietà, Malta.


Joe Cilia is a soccer player for the Rabat Ajax F.C., Valletta F.C., and Malta national football team. Joe was born on October 22nd, 1937 in Malta.


Rémi Cilia is an athlete for the Free agent and AC Ajaccio. Rémi was born on September 11th, 1989 in Ollioules.


Lydon Cilia is an athlete for the Għargħur F.C.


Karl Cilia is an athlete for the Dingli Swallows F.C.


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Popularity of Cilia as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cilia U.S.
  White 56.17% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.42% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 40.75% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cilia

People with the last name Cilia are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Cilia

  • How Popular is the name Cilia? Cilia is the 47,843rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Cilia was the 46,811th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Cilia have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 48 babies born with the first name Cilia in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cilia? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1969 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Cilia first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cilia is Sunday, January 12th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Cilia born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cilia was in 1984 with a total of 20 babies.
  • Random Cilia Factoid: According to the 1984 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cilia is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1984.
  • Weird things about the name Cilia: Your name in reverse order is Ailic. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lciai. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cilia? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 454 people with the last name Cilia.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cilia? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Cilia as their last name since less than 1 person in 667k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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