Basil meaning, boyBasil

Rate Basil: Do you like this name?

Get kreatif with Basil | Add to list (0)

Meaning and name origin

Basil \b(a)-sil\ as a boy's name is pronounced BAZ-el. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Basil is "royal, kingly". From the Greek name Basileios, derived from "basileus", meaning "king". Saint Basil (fourth century) of Caesarea was called "the Great" and regarded as one of the Fathers of the Eastern Church. Also the name of several early saints martyred in the East. Brought to England by the Crusaders, having been common in the eastern Mediterranean. More often used in Britain and Europe than in America. Also the name of a common herb. In Arabic, the name means "brave". British actor Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes in 14 films in the 1940s.


Basil has 23 variant forms: Basile, Basilic, Basilides, Basileios, Basilie, Basilio, Basilius, Bazeel, Bazeelius, Bazil, Bazyli, Vasile, Vasileos, Vasili, Vasilije, Vasilios, Vasilis, Vasilius, Vasilus, Vasily, Vassilij, Vassily and Wassily.

There are 2 feminine forms of Basil: Basilia and Vasilia.


Basil is a somewhat popular first name for males (#668 out of 1220, Top 55%) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#13855 out of 88799, Top 16%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Basil for boys. Basil reached its highest rank of #312 in the U.S. in 1900-1909 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Basil name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Basil outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar baby names are Bail, Basim and Brasil. These names tend to be less commonly used than Basil.