Meaning and Name Origin
Cecil \ce-cil\ as a boys' name (also used 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.
Cecil has 1 feminine form: Cecilia.
Cecil is a very prominent first name for males (#214 out of 1220, Top 17%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#3072 out of 88799, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Cecil for boys. Cecil reached its apex position of #70 in the U.S. during the years 1900-1909, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Cecil and affiliated names. The only other prominent alternative form of Cecil is Cecilio. These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during 1910-1919 and have become significantly less popular since, with the form Cecil becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)