Sheila (alternatively spelled Shelagh and Sheelagh) is a common given name for a female, derived from the Gaelic name Síle/Sìle, which is believed to be a Gaelic form of Cecilia. Like "Cecil" or "Cecilia", the name means "blind", from the Latin word caecus. There is also an etymologically-unrelated Indian name (alternatively spelled "Sheela"), which is rooted in the Sanskrit word शील (Sheela), meaning "character" or "good conduct" and is a common name across the country.

Sheila is also a colloquial term for a girl or woman in Australia.

Sheila may also refer to:


  • Sheila (singer) (born 1945), French singer
  • Sheila Bair, (born 1954), Chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
  • Sheila Chandra (born 1965), English pop singer
  • Sheila Copps (born 1952), Canadian politician, Deputy Prime Minister of Canada from 1993 to 1997
  • Sheila Dikshit (born 1938), Chief Minister of Delhi, India
  • Sheila E. (born 1957), American singer
  • Sheila Fearn (born 1940), English actress
  • Sheila Florance (1916–1991), Australian actress
  • Sheila Fougere, Canadian politician
  • Sheila Gordon (born 1927), South African novelist
  • Sheila Hancock (born 1933), English actress and author
  • Sheila Hoskin (born 1936), English track and field athlete
  • Sheila Steafel (born 1935), South African-born British actress
  • Sheila Scribner (born 1984), American singer
  • Sheila Taormina (born 1969), American athlete
  • Sheila White (actress), (born 1950), English actress

In fiction:

  • Sheila (Spyro character), a kangaroo
  • The tank in Red vs. Blue; see List of characters in Red vs. Blue
  • A character in Army of Darkness
  • A character from the Dungeons & Dragons (TV series)
  • Sheila Broflovski, a character from the animated series South Park
  • Sheila Carter, a character from The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful
  • Sheila Corkhill, a character from the defunct British soap opera Brookside
  • Sheila Franklin, a character and a song in the musical Hair
  • Sheila Futterman, a character in Gremlins
  • Sheila Gallagher (Shameless), a character from the British television series Shameless
  • Sheila Grant, a character in the British soap opera Brookside
  • Sheila Tubman, a character in Judy Blume's book series Fudge

In music:

  • The Sheilas, a girl group
  • "Sheila" (song), a 1962 single by Tommy Roe
  • "Oh Sheila", a 1985 song by Ready for the World
  • "To Sheila", a 1998 song by The Smashing Pumpkins
  • "Sheila (Jamie T song)", a 2006 song by Jamie T
  • "Sheila Take a Bow", a 1987 song by The Smiths


  • Sheila na gig, a figure displaying her open vulva in Medieval stone carvings
  • Sheilas' Wheels, a UK car insurance company
  • ST Sheila, a tugboat
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