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What does Basil mean?

Basil \b(a)-sil\ as a boys' 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.


Variations

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

Basil has 2 feminine forms: Basilia and Vasilia.


Popularity

Basil is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#668 out of 1220, Top 55%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#13717 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Basil for boys. Basil reached its apex rank of #312 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not in the Top 1000 at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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


Similar Names

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

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