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Ceilidh

Last Name
<100
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Ceilidh mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Ceilidh

User Submitted Origins

Gaelic
66%
Celtic
23%
Irish
6%
English
3%
Scottish
3%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Ceilidh means "It is a name from both Scotland and Ireland, with Ceilidh being the most common spelling for a Ceilidh dance in Scotland, and Ceili in Ireland. It's a folk festival that usually consists of singing, dancing, songwriting and storytelling. The etymology of the word comes from old Irish: celie meaning companion, which became more current Irish then the word split between Scottish Ceilidh and Irish Ceildh. Ceilidh was established as a spelling in the late 19th century" and is of Gaelic origin.
  2. A submission from Ohio, U.S. says the name Ceilidh means "A social event at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling" and is of Scottish origin.
  3. A user from Canada says the name Ceilidh means "Celebration or party".
  4. A user from Canada says the name Ceilidh is of Celtic origin and means "Irish festival".
  5. A user from New Zealand says the name Ceilidh is of Celtic origin and means "Party, but the much older meaning is warrior".
  6. A submission from Wisconsin, U.S. says the name Ceilidh means "Celebration" and is of Gaelic origin.
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  1. An informal social gathering at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing and folk dancing and story telling
Wiktionary

Borrowed from Scottish Gaelic cèilidh and Irish céilí, from Old Irish céile (“companion”).

  1. An informal social gathering where traditional Irish or Scottish folk music is played, with dancing and storytelling.

ceilidh was also found in the following language(s): Irish

Fun Facts about the name Ceilidh

  • How Popular is the name Ceilidh? Ceilidh is the 36,675th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Ceilidh have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 107 babies born with the first name Ceilidh in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ceilidh to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ceilidh? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1989 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Ceilidh born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ceilidh was in 1999 with a total of 12 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Ceilidh: The name spelled backwards is Hdiliec. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Liecdih. How do you pronounce that?
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