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What does Cyril mean?

Cyril Pronunciation of Cyril as a boys' name is pronounced SEER-el. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Cyril is "master, lord". From Kyrillos, which is derived from "kyrios". The name of at least eight saints, including the theologians Cyril of Alexandria and Cyril of Jerusalem, and a Greek evangelist who brought Christianity to the Slavic-speaking regions of Eastern Europe. Cyrille is the French form. Actor Cyril Ritchard.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, saints, theologians (philosopher)


VARIANTS Ciril, Cirilio, Cirillo, Cirilo, Cy, Cyrill, Cyrille, Cyrillus, Kiril, Kyril


(male) Coril, ..

(female) Cyrin, ..

Cyril Jude (C.J.), ..

How popular is Cyril?

Cyril is a somewhat popular first name for men (#797 out of 1220, Top 65%) and also a somewhat popular last name for all people (#77222 out of 150436, Top 51%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Cyril reached its peak position of #307 in the U.S. during 1910-1919, but is not ranked at the moment. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

The only other popular alternative form of Cyril is Cy. Adoption of these forms of Cyril was common during the years 1910-1919 (AVERAGE #1153), but now, the version Cyril has become somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cyril, Cy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Cyril is alike in pronunciation to Sorel and Zuriel. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Aymil, Carel, Carl, Carvil, Caryl, Cecil, Ceri, Chris, Corie, Corin, Cris, Cyran, Cyrus, Jeril, Meril and Toril. These names tend to be less frequently used than Cyril.

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