The camilli were children, boys and girls, who assisted priests during sacrifices to pagan gods in ancient Rome. This first name, mixed, comes from this appellation. Camille is now much more common for girls. Celebration on July 14.
Origin and etymology of the first name Camille
From Latin Camillus in the masculine and Camilla in the feminine, desiganient in the current language designated a noble child who assisted the priests during the sacrifices in ancient Rome.
Sainte Camille, the virgin of Auxerre in legend, was Italian. With her three sisters, she wanted to accompany the remains of Germain d'Auxerre, who died in Ravenna. She died during the trip, in 448. This Camille was not canonized but is celebrated locally, the same day as her sister Magnence, November 26.
Use and popularity of the first name Camille
We meet Camilles long before the nineteenth century, undoubtedly under the influence of the play by Corneille (Horace), where the unfortunate Camille is killed by her own brother for having remained faithful to the Curiace he had killed. More often male until the 1950s, Camille then became predominantly female. Thus Camille Claudel, trained in sculpture in Rodin's studio, who revealed an original talent that mental disorders prevented him from fully realizing (La Valse, 1893).
At the end of the 1990s, Camille was one of the three first names most frequently given to a girl. The Camilla variant appeared in the twentieth century (Camilla Parker Bowles, wife of the Prince of Wales). The diminutive Milla, which appeared more recently, has since been steadily increasing (actress Milla Jovovich).