The feminine name "Priscilla" comes from the Latin "Prisa," which means "ancient." It is typically used in English-speaking countries. In 2012, Priscilla ranked 489th for girls' names in the United States. Its highest ranking was 127th in 1940.
Priscilla was a popular name in ancient Rome. The name is found in the New Testament of the Bible in Paul's letters to the Corinthians and in the book of Acts. It is also a name that was commonly given to girls in Puritan families. In contemporary times, the name became popular with actress Priscilla Presley, the ex-wife of Elvis. In addition, fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien gave the name to his daughter. Nicknames of Priscilla include Prissy and Cilla.