|Related Names:||Prissy, Cilla, Pracilla, Precilla, Priscila, Prisca, Priscella, -illa|
ORIGIN & HISTORY
Priscilla is an English female given name that is a variation of the name Prisca, which is derived from the old Roman family name "Priscus" meaning old, ancient, or venerable.
Biblically, Priscilla appears in the Bible (both as Priscilla and Prisca) as the wife of Aquila, who were both first-century Christian missionaries and tentmakers.
Saint Prisca was a woman who lived in Roman times. At the age of 13, she was tortured and beheaded because she refused to give up her Christian faith. She was later made into a saint and martyr for the Catholic Church.
Because the name of Priscilla was once a favored name of the Puritans of England, it was more common in the 19th century than it is today.
Since that time, while it is still relatively common, the name has fallen somewhat out of favor. For example, in 1990, the name ranked 166th in popularity of girls' names, but in 2006, it fell to 372nd.
Usage of the name Priscilla is more commonly heard in English-speaking countries such as Canada, the United States, and England.
You can read or hear the name of the Priscilla in the following ways:
- The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert: A film and subsequent musical about drag queens who cross the Australian outback in a bus named Priscilla.
- Priscilla: The name of the heroine in the narrative poem, The Courtship of Miles Standish written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1858. Despite the Puritan prference of the name, in the poem, Priscilla was involved in a love triangle.
- Priscilla: Name of a minor character in the 1596 work of literature, The Faerie Queen, by Edmund Spencer.
The following famous people have Priscilla as their first name:
- Priscilla Barnes: Actress best known replacing Suzanne Somers on the sitcom Three’s Company.
- Priscilla Presley: Best known as the ex-wife of Elvis Presley, she is also a model and actress, appearing in such movies as .
- Priscilla Cooper Tyler: Former First Lady of the United States. She was asked to step in when her mother (the wife of then president John Tyler passed away. She was succeeded as a First Lady by Julia Gardiner Tyler, who was the new wife of the president (and therefore her step-mother).
- Priscilla Wright: Canadian vocalist.
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|Meaning||ancient, venerable +|
|Meaningnc||ancient, venerable +|
|Rank in 2000s||314 +|
|Related||Prissy +, Cilla +, Pracilla +, Precilla +, Priscila +, Prisca +, Priscella +, and -illa +|