From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Prisca, Priscilla
Meaningvenerable, ancient, classical, primordial[1]

Priscilla is an English female given name adopted from Latin Prisca, derived from priscus. One suggestion is that it is intended to bestow long life on the bearer.[citation needed]

The name first appears in the New Testament of Christianity variously as Priscilla and Prisca, a female leader in early Christianity.[2][3]

The name also appears along with Maximilla, as female leaders in the Montanist controversy of the 2nd century AD.

The name appears in English literature in Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene (1596) and was adopted as an English name by the Puritans in the 17th century.

Priscilla may refer to:


Fictional characters[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Harper, Douglas (November 2001). "Priscilla". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 2006-08-10.
  2. ^ Alexander, Joseph Addison (1857). The Acts of the Apostles explained, volume II. London: Nisbet.
  3. ^ Lee, Frank Theodosius (1913). The New Testament Period and Its Leaders. Sherman, French & Company. p. 323. A large share of this work evidently fell to Priscilla. That she possessed abilities of a high order would seem to be inferred from the fact that her name is always mentioned along with her husband's — in a number of instances is mentioned first.