Sheila

First Name
238k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
<100
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Sheila

"Sheila" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Heaven". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

Anglicized spelling of Síle, the Irish form of Cecilia.

  1. A female given name.

From Hindi शीला (śīlā), from Sanskrit शील (śīla, “character, good conduct”).

  1. Alternative spelling of Sheela

    Sheila was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

    Notable Persons Named Sheila

    Sheila E. is a pop music, funk, latin jazz, jazz fusion, and pop rock musician. She plays Drum kit, Percussion instrument, Bass guitar, and Vocals. She was most prominent from 1976 to present. Sheila was given the name Sheila Escovedo on December 12th, 1957 in California, United States.

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    Sheila Vand is an actress and performance artist. Her ongoing career started in 2007. Sheila was born Sheila Vand on April 27th, 1985 in Los Angeles.

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    Sheila Jackson Lee is a Member of the Houston City Council from the At-large #4 District and Member of theHouston City Councilfrom the At-large #4 District. Sheila was born on January 12th, 1950 in Queens.

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    Sheila Sim was a noteworthy person. She holds the title The Rt Hon The Baroness Attenborough and The Rt HonThe Baroness Attenborough. She was most prominent from 1944 to 1955. Sheila was given the name Sheila Beryl Grant Sim on June 5th, 1922 in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Sheila is also known as Sheila Beryl Grant Attenborough and Sheila Attenborough. She left this life on January 19th, 2016.

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    Sheila Kelley is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1987 to present. Sheila was born on October 9th, 1961 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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    Sheila Nevins is a television producer, documentary filmmaker, and documentary film. Sheila was born on April 6th, 1939 in Manhattan.

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Sheila

    Sheila is a yé-yé, pop music, and disco musician. Her ongoing career started in 1962. Sheila was given the name Annie Chancel on August 16th, 1945 in Créteil, France. Sheila is also known as Sheila B. Devotion, SB Devotion, and Sheila (and) B. Devotion.

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    How popular is the baby name Sheila in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1907 9 9 0
    1908 11 11 0
    1909 13 13 0
    1910 10 10 0
    1911 18 18 0
    1912 20 20 0
    1913 18 18 0
    1914 31 31 0
    1915 42 42 0
    1916 45 45 0
    1917 60 60 0
    1918 76 76 0
    1919 69 69 0
    1920 91 91 0
    1921 110 110 0
    1922 120 120 0
    1923 139 139 0
    1924 162 162 0
    1925 214 214 0
    1926 210 210 0
    1927 232 232 0
    1928 242 242 0
    1929 337 332 5
    1930 341 341 0
    1931 538 538 0
    1932 609 609 0
    1933 737 737 0
    1934 787 781 6
    1935 1,332 1,326 6
    1936 1,319 1,312 7
    1937 1,585 1,573 12
    1938 1,795 1,784 11
    1939 1,965 1,957 8
    1940 1,923 1,923 0
    1941 2,341 2,341 0
    1942 2,986 2,973 13 #94 girl name
    1943 3,076 3,063 13 #92 girl name
    1944 2,679 2,664 15
    1945 3,185 3,178 7 #89 girl name
    1946 4,714 4,706 8 #70 girl name
    1947 5,106 5,094 12 #73 girl name
    1948 5,032 5,022 10 #71 girl name
    1949 4,787 4,775 12 #76 girl name
    1950 5,337 5,322 15 #70 girl name
    1951 5,908 5,895 13 #70 girl name
    1952 6,234 6,221 13 #64 girl name
    1953 6,972 6,955 17 #60 girl name
    1954 7,214 7,200 14 #60 girl name
    1955 7,670 7,663 7 #58 girl name
    1956 7,890 7,872 18 #55 girl name
    1957 7,774 7,757 17 #58 girl name
    1958 7,307 7,288 19 #59 girl name
    1959 8,008 7,986 22 #52 girl name
    1960 7,927 7,907 20 #56 girl name
    1961 7,812 7,793 19 #59 girl name
    1962 8,809 8,780 29 #52 girl name
    1963 8,730 8,709 21 #50 girl name
    1964 8,489 8,470 19 #51 girl name
    1965 7,932 7,904 28 #50 girl name
    1966 7,221 7,205 16 #51 girl name
    1967 6,352 6,325 27 #56 girl name
    1968 5,748 5,732 16 #59 girl name
    1969 5,262 5,246 16 #68 girl name
    1970 4,947 4,937 10 #75 girl name
    1971 4,345 4,331 14 #81 girl name
    1972 3,404 3,395 9 #90 girl name
    1973 3,010 3,001 9
    1974 2,450 2,439 11
    1975 2,106 2,098 8
    1976 1,883 1,871 12
    1977 1,664 1,656 8
    1978 1,421 1,414 7
    1979 1,374 1,369 5
    1980 1,218 1,213 5
    1981 1,221 1,214 7
    1982 1,105 1,099 6
    1983 952 947 5
    1984 907 907 0
    1985 1,011 1,011 0
    1986 985 979 6
    1987 799 799 0
    1988 718 711 7
    1989 665 657 8
    1990 626 626 0
    1991 633 633 0
    1992 641 641 0
    1993 542 542 0
    1994 419 419 0
    1995 395 395 0
    1996 378 378 0
    1997 309 309 0
    1998 348 348 0
    1999 353 353 0
    2000 343 343 0
    2001 382 382 0
    2002 339 339 0
    2003 303 303 0
    2004 315 315 0
    2005 239 239 0
    2006 278 278 0
    2007 271 271 0
    2008 224 224 0
    2009 170 170 0
    2010 186 186 0
    2011 183 183 0
    2012 145 145 0
    2013 144 144 0
    2014 160 160 0
    2015 124 124 0
    2016 113 113 0

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    Popularity of Sheila as a first name

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    Common last names for Sheila

    • Smith
    • Williams
    • Johnson
    • Brown
    • Jones
    • Davis
    • Miller
    • Jackson
    • Taylor
    • Clark
    • Wilson
    • White
    • Thompson
    • Walker
    • Kelly
    • Sullivan
    • Martin
    • Allen

    Fun Facts about the name Sheila

    • How Popular is the name Sheila? Sheila is the 314th most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Sheila have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 238,460 babies born with the first name Sheila in the United States. That's more than enough people named Sheila to occupy the territory of Mayotte (France) with an estimated population of 217,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Sheila? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1907 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
    • When was Sheila first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Sheila is Saturday, February 28th, 1874.
    • What year had the most people named Sheila born? The highest recorded use of the first name Sheila was in 1962 with a total of 8,780 babies. That's a lot of babies named Sheila!
    • Random Sheila Factoid: According to the 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Sheila ranks 45th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Missouri. Imagine that, 247 babies in Missouri have the same name as you in 1962.
    • Weird things about the name Sheila: Your name in reverse order is Aliehs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sehlai. How do you pronounce that?

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    • Sources:
    • 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).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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