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What does Cecil mean?

Cecil Pronunciation of Cecil 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH roman, great, noble, saint, priest (monk), victorian (medieval)


VARIANTS Cecilio, Cecilius, Cecyl, Celio


(male) Cacil, ..

(female) Cecol, ..

Cecil Griffin (C.G.), ..

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 #1500 presently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cecil name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

The only other prominent alternative form of Cecil (#1500 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cecil, Cecilio in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cecil and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Ceri, Ciril, Cyril, Jeril, Ketil, Meril, Neil and Nevil. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cecil.

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