C names, Female, Mythology, Proto-Indo-European, Roman mythology, Virtues/Attributes

Cerelia

Cerelia seems to be a variant of Cerealia which is the name of an ancient Roman festival held in honor of Ceres, the Roman goddess of agriculture (and the Roman equivalent of Greek goddess Demeter). The names comes from Latin crescere (to grow, increase, expand) derived from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer- (to grow, increase). Another possible meaning behind the name is that it may be a variant spelling of Cerella and Cyrilla, the feminine form of Cyril meaning “lord, master” from Greek kyrios also derived from Proto-Indo-European *ḱewH- (to swell, spread out), so the name means “mistress, lady”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Cerealia (Latin)
  • Ceres (Ancient Roman)
  • Cerella (English)
  • Cyrilla (English)
  • Cyrillia (English)

 

Male forms:

  • Cyril (English)

 

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