Sheila

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Sheela (usual spelling of the Indian name; occasional spelling of the Irish name)
  • Sheelagh
  • Sheilagh
  • Shelagh
  • Sile (an uncommon Anglicisation of the original Irish Síle)

Etymology 1[edit]

Anglicized spelling of Síle, the Irish form of Cecilia.

Proper noun[edit]

Sheila

  1. A female given name.
    • 1874 William Black, A Princess of Thule, Adamant Media Corporation, →ISBN, page 295
      Were English girls not good enough for him that he must needs come up and take away Sheila Mackenzie, and keep her there in the South.
    • 1933 Eleanor Farjeon, Over the Garden Wall,Faber and Faber 1933, page 91 ("Girls' Names")
      What lovely names for girls there are! / There's Stella like the Evening Star, / And Sylvia like a rustling tree, / And Lola like a melody, / And Flora like a flowery morn, / And Sheila like a field of corn,
    • 2008 Helen Walsh, Once Upon a Time in England, →ISBN, page 48-49
      He shortened her name to Sheila which, in spite of its primness, she seemed to love. - - - For Susheela - Sheila, as she was now known - this creeping daylight signalled the start, not the end of sleep.
Usage notes[edit]

Originally used in Ireland; popular in the UK from the 1920s to the 1950s.

Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Hindi शीला (śīlā), from Sanskrit शील (śīla, character, good conduct).

Proper noun[edit]

Sheila

  1. Alternative spelling of Sheela
Usage notes[edit]

More commonly spelled Sheela, but this spelling is sometimes found under the influence of the unrelated name of Irish origin.

Anagrams[edit]


Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Sheila, from Irish Síle, from Latin Cecilia.

Proper noun[edit]

Sheila

  1. a female given name

Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English Sheila, from Irish Síle, from Latin Cecilia.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Sheila f

  1. A female given name, equivalent to English Sheila

Related terms[edit]