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Priscilla is an English female given name adopted from the Italian Priscilla, derived from the Latin priscus (old). One suggestion is that it is intended to bestow long life on the bearer.

It appears in the New Testament of the Christian Bible variously as Priscilla and Prisca. The name appears in English literature in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queen (1596) and was adopted as an English name by the Puritans in the 17th Century. The use of the name began to decline during the 1960s, possibly because of an association with the slang term prissy, in the sense of meaning prim or prudish.

Diminutive forms of the name include Cilla, Pris, Prissy, Prill and Scilla.

Priscilla may refer to:


  • Priscilla, one of a string of small lunar craters near the crater Davy; see Davy marker


  • Priscilla , a 2002 album by the French singer Priscilla


  • Prisca (d. 315), a Roman empress, wife of Diocletian and mother of Valeria Galeria
  • Saint Prisca (late 1st century), a Roman Catholic martyr and saint
  • Priscilla, an early Christian of the Christian Bible's New Testament and companion to St. Paul; see Priscilla and Aquila
  • Priscilla or Prissou (b. 1989), a French singer
  • Priscilla Barnes (b. 1955), an American actress
  • Priscilla Chan (b. 1965), a singer from Hong Kong
  • Priscilla Owen (b. 1954), a United States federal judge for the Fifth Circuit
  • Priscilla Presley (b. 1945), an American actress and businesswoman and the ex-wife of Elvis Presley
  • Priscilla Cooper Tyler (1816-1889), a former First Lady of the United States, the wife of President John Tyler
  • Priscilla Ahn, A female singer

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  • Priscilla marker, a classic oyster dredging sloop and U.S. National Historic Landmark berthed at the Long Island Maritime Museum in West Sayville, New York
  • USS Priscilla , the proposed designation of an auxiliary schooner acquired by the United States Navy in 1917 but never commissioned



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