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Priscilla

The pet form of Prisca and a biblical name mentioned in the New Testament for a Christian woman who became a companion to Paul. It appeared in Edmund Spenser's book "The Faerie Queene" and was used by Longfellow as the heroine of his poem, "The Courtship of Miles Standish" which led to the name's use among the Puritans during the 17th century. A notable bearer of the name in the 1930s was Priscilla Lane who made her film debut in 1937. Another surge in popularity began in 1980 when Priscilla Presley, wife of famous rock and roll singer Elvis Presley, played the role of "Jenna Wade" on the series, "Dallas" and "Jane Spencer" in the film, "The Naked Gun." Her autobiography and bestseller, "Elvis and Me," was released in 1985. The name is still commonly used today because of its trendy "a" ending.

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