Office Baby Name: Cecelia Marie
Yesterday we asked you to guess what the characters Jim and Pam from television's The Office would name their baby (see the full post here). Today we have an answer: Cecelia Marie. Cecelia with an "e" is the less frequently-used spelling of the name than Cecilia with an i. Regardless, the name is a huge hit among name enthusiasts and a favorite among graduates of Ivy League colleges, according the our own Name Lady. NameCandy's Celebrity Names Database currently lists three celebrity babies named Cecilia. (see them all here)
In terms of the name's history, Cecelia is best known as the patron saint of musicians. And "Cecilia" is also the title of a popular Simon and Garfunkel song. The name Cecilia has a very steady popularity history in the U.S., consistently ranking between 200 and 400 since the Social Security Adminsitration started tracking baby names back in the 1880s. Cecilia peaked at #205 in the 1900s, bottommed out at #395 in the 1970s, and is currently ranked at #270, with a rising trendline. Interestingly, the spelling Cecelia was more popular in the 1900s than Cecilia ranking at #181. Today the less popular spelling Cecelia ranks only at 756.
What do you think of Jim and Pam's name choice?
(note: an earlier version of this story mis-identified the spelling of the Office baby as Cecilia)