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JB01's picture

how do you pronounce - "Caecilia"

paul d hunt's picture

FAQ Pronunciation

(sorry, i don't have the answer, but just tying everything together...)

Reed Reibstein's picture

I believe it would be the same as "Cecelia": Seh-SEAL-yuh. Unless it's some non-English pronunciation (like Oo-knee-VAIR for "Univers").

AndrewSipe's picture

I thought I read somewhere that the Cae is pronounced with a Z sound. maybe Zah-SEE-lee

WurdBendur's picture

Behind the Name says it's the German form of Cecelia. A search doesn't turn up much of interest, but it appears in a lot of German pages with the spelling "Cäcelia" so I guess it would be like "zezelia" or something.

Note: At some point German started using "ä" for the digraph "ae" (when it represents a single sound), so Latin words and names, like Caecelia, that were borrowed before that time also sometimes ended up with "ä" (though many names didn't change).

jlt's picture

You're breakin' my heart!

dezcom's picture


Joshua, can you sing that for us with all the falsetto and everything? :-)


Si_Daniels's picture

Caecilia, you're breaking my Quark
You're shaking my confidence daily
Oh, Caecilia, I'm bashing my keys
I'm begging you please to come home
Come on home

Setting text in the afternoon with Caecilia
Up in my bedroom (setting text)
I got up to change typeface
When I come back to Quark
Someones taken my typeface

Bert Vanderveen's picture

Peter Mathias Noordzij's wife is called Caecilia. He's Dutch and she's Dutch and the Dutch say "Say-See-Lee-Ah" Where Say is a bit prolonged and more eee-ish. (Wish I had a phonetic dictionary around).

BTW There is a Saint C.

Sharon Van Lieu's picture

Bert, that sounds lovely.

dezcom's picture

Get down Si! :-D


jlt's picture

Sii, that is wonderful. My colleagues all wonder why I am humming the song right now.

And yes, I have a beautiful singing voice ... just ask Zara Evens.

david h's picture

Caecilia -- seh-SEE-lee-ah -- A feminine form of Caecilius ; probably derived from caecus (blind)

dezcom's picture

If you were out drinking with Zara at a Kareoke bar, I don't think either of you would have been in the best shape to judge beautiful singing :-)
You could do a reprise at TypeCon though?


dberlow's picture

Paul Simon Daniels strikes heart into the terror of songwriters everywhere. ;)

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