Priscilla is a Latin girl’s name that means “ancient”. Priscilla is a traditional name with staying power and has been for centuries. Priscilla may be slipping in popularity in the last few decades but it still remains a beautiful name with a long history.

Meaning of the name Priscilla:

Latin: ancient, venerable, primordial

Origin of the name Priscilla:

Priscilla is a classic baby girl’s name of Latin origin that means “ancient, venerable, primordial”. Priscilla is a Biblical name that was also popular in ancient Rome.

Symbolism of the name Priscilla:

Priscilla is the name of a type of flowering gladiolus recognizable by the distinctive tri-color blossoms. The flowers are white with pink edges and a pale yellow center.

Baby name Priscilla

Style of the name Priscilla:


Gender of the name Priscilla:

Priscilla is a girl's name.

Pronunciation of the name Priscilla:

pri-SIL-ə (English), preesh-SHEEL-la (Italian)

Number of syllables in the name Priscilla:


Emotion evoked from the name Priscilla:

Priscilla evokes feelings of wisdom and strength.

Alternative spellings for the name Priscilla:

Prisilla, Priscylla

Nicknames for the name Priscilla:

  • Cece
  • Cissy
  • Pris
  • Prissy
  • Sissy
  • Scilla

Popularity of the name Priscilla:

According to the Social Security Administration, Priscilla has remained a consistently popular girl’s baby name since 1900. Priscilla has never fallen out of the top 500 names although it has declined in popularity since 2000.

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Great middle names for the name Priscilla and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Priscilla:

Priscillas in popular culture:

  • Priscilla (film, “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”)
  • Priscilla Jean Henrietta (comics, “Preacher”)
  • Priscilla Seftona (literature, “God and the Man” by Robert Buchanan)
  • Priscilla (literature, “Bleak House” by Charles Dickens)
  • Priscilla (television, “Claymore”)