There are multiple origins and translations for the name Camellia:
1. Comes from the Latin word (camella) which actually means - "goblet; bowl" or from Latin word chamomilla semantics - "camomile".
2. Derivative form of Arabic name Camilla in a figurative sense - "perfect; complete; young girl of impeccable origin; camomile".
3. Feminine form of the name Camel.
4. The genus was named by Linnaeus after the Jesuit botanist Georg Joseph Kamel from Brno, who worked in the Filipino, though he never described a camellia.