Meaning and name origin
Cecil \ce-cil\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.
There is 1 feminine form of Cecil: Cecilia.
Cecil is a very popular first name for males (#214 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3072 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Cecil for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Cecil and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cecilio and Cecil. (2014 statistics).