Priscilla is an English female given name adopted from the italian "Priscilla", derived from the Latin "priscus (old)". [cite web
last=Harper | first=Douglas | date=November 2001
accessdate=2006-08-10 | title=Priscilla
publisher=Online Etymology Dictionary
] One suggestion is that it is intended to bestow long life on the bearer.

It appears in the New Testament variously as Priscilla and Prisca. [cite book
first=Joseph Addison | last=Alexander
title=The Acts of the Apostles explained, volume II
publisher=Nisbet | location=London
] 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. [cite book
first=Adrian | last=Room | year=2002
title=Cassell's Dictionary of First Names
publisher=Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

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

Famous bearers of the name include:
* Saint Prisca
* Priscilla, New Testament early Christian and companion to St. Paul
* Prisca (empress), wife of Diocletian and mother of Valeria Galeria
* Priscilla (singer), the name of several singers
* Priscilla Presley, wife of Elvis Presley
* Priscilla Barnes, actress
* Priscilla Owen, United States federal judge for the Fifth Circuit
* Priscilla Cooper Tyler, former First Lady of the United States
* The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a film and subsequent musical
* Pris, character in the film Blade Runner
* Priscilla (French singer)
** "Priscilla" (album), an album by Priscilla (French singer)

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