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Girl Name: Camellia

Name: Camellia
Pronunciation: \c(a)-mellia, cam(el)-lia\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: helper to the priest
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Camilla
Sounds Like: Camillia, Camylla, Camillie, Camela, Kamella, Kamillia
Variant forms: Camella, Camelia, Camellia, Cammelia
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 3989


Camellia \c(a)-mellia, cam(el)-lia\ as a girl's name is pronounced ka-MEEL-yah. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Camellia is "helper to the priest". The meaning of this old Roman surname, which probably originated in pre-Roman Italy, is not certain. The Camellia flower is named for the botanist and missionary Georg Josef Kamel, and is often associated with the name Camille, though they are from different roots. Alexandre Dumas' famous 19th-century play "La Dame aux Cam?as" was known in America as "Camille". See also Kamelia.

Camellia has 4 variant forms: Camella, Camelia, Camellia and Cammelia.

For more information, see also the related name Camilla.

Baby names that sound like Camellia are Camillia, Camylla, Camillie, Camela, Kamella and Kamillia.

View a list of the 3 names that reference Camellia.


Camellia is a somewhat popular first name for women (#3989 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for both men and women. (1990 U.S. Census)

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