What does Cecil mean?
Cecil [ce-cil] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Cecil) is pronounced SESS-ul, SEE-sul. It is of Latin and Old Welsh origin, and the meaning of Cecil is "blind; sixth". From the Roman clan name Caecilius, derived from Caecus. Also an anglicized form of a Welsh surname of a great noble family (Seissylt, from the Latin name Sextilius, from Sextus). Cecilia is the feminine form. Saint Cecilius was a priest of Carthage (third century). Cecil Rhodes was an industrialist and founder of Rhodesia in the Victorian era. Film director Cecil B. De Mille; photographer Cecil Beaton.
1 feminine form: Cecilia.Creative forms:
(male) Cacil, Clecil, ..
(female) Ceceal, Cecol, .. Middle name pairings:
Cecil Reign (C.R.), ..
How popular is Cecil?
Cecil is a very prominent first name for males (#214 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#2804 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Cecil reached its apex position of #71 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, and is at #1461 presently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. The only other prominent alternative form of Cecil (#1461 a year ago) is Cecilio. These relations of Cecil were at the peak of their popularity a century ago (usage of 0.3%) and have become significantly less popular since, with the form Cecil becoming less trendy.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Ceri, Ciril, Cyril▼, Jeril, Ketil, Meril, Neil▼ and Nevil. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cecil.See names in meaning and etymology.