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Origin of the name CAECILIA.
Etymology of the name CAECILIA.
Meaning of the baby name CAECILIA.

  

CÆCILIA.  Feminine form of Latin Cæcilius (q.v.), meaning "blind."  The Greek form is Kaikilia.  Also see Cecilia and Cécile.

... Caia Cæcilia is said to have been the real name of Tanaquil, the model Roman matron, patroness of all other married dames; and who has not heard of the tomb of Cæcilia Metella?  But the love and honour of the Roman ladies has passed on to another Cæcilia, a Christian of the days of Alexander Severus, a wife, though vowed to virginity, and a martyr singing hymns to the last.  Her corpse was disinterred in a perfect state two hundred years after, when it was enshrined in a church built over her own house, which gives a title to a cardinal.  A thousand years subsequently, in 1599, her sarcophagus was again opened, and a statue made exactly imitating the lovely, easy, and graceful position in which the limbs remained.
    This second visit to her remains was not, however, needed to establish her popularity.  She is as favourite a saint with the Roman matrons as is St. Agnes with their daughters; and the fact of her having sung till her last breath, established her connection with music.  An instrument became her distinguishing mark; and as this was generally a small organ, she got the credit of having invented it, and became the patroness of music and poetry, as St. Katharine of eloquence and literature, and St. Barbara of architecture and art. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884)

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