[ 2 syll. (s)hei-la, sh-e-ila ] The baby girl name Sheila is pronounced -SHIY-Laa- †. Sheila is of Latin origin, and it is used mainly in English and Irish. The name is an Anglicized form of Síle. It is used by Australians as a slang term for a woman.
In addition, Sheila is a derivative (English and Irish) of the English, Finnish, German, Italian, Scandinavian, and Spanish Cecilia.
Sheila is a widely used name; it has 41 derivatives that are used in English and foreign languages. English derivatives include Cheyla, Seelia, Seila, Selia, Shaela, Shaila, Shaylagh, Shaylla, Sheala, Sheela, Sheelagh, Sheelah, Sheilagh, Sheileen, Sheileta, Sheilett, Sheilette, Sheilia, Sheilla, Sheillah, Sheillynn, Sheilya, Shelah, Shelia, Shella, Sheyla, Shielah, Shila, Shilea, and Shilla. Other English forms include the pet form Sheiletta, and the spelling variants Shayla (used in Irish as well), Sheilah, Shela, Shelagh, Shiela, and Shilah. Derivatives of Sheila used in foreign languages include the Irish Shaylah and the Basque Zelizi.
Both the origin and meaning of the name Sheila is inherited by all variant forms.
See also the related form, the Irish Síle.
Sheila is uncommon as a baby name for girls. At the modest height of its usage in 1963, 0.438% of baby girls were named Sheila. Its ranking then was #50. The baby name has since markedly slipped in popularity, and is currently used only on an infrequent scale. Within the group of girl names directly related to Sheila, Cecilia was the most popular in 2018.
Baby names that sound like Sheila include Sheela, Sheelah, Sheilah, Sheyla, Shila, Sagall, Sagalle, Sahely, Sailey, Saili, Sailie, Saily, Sala, Salah, Salale, Salall, Salalle, Salee, Salei, and Saleigh.
† Pronunciation for Sheila: SH as in "she (SH.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; AA as in "odd (AA.D)"