Basil Name Meaning & Origin

Basil

Pronunciation: BAZ-əl, BAYZ-əl (key)

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Name of my newborn son (2009) and a Bishop in Wichita, KS.

Basil is a very popular name in the Greek Orthodox community, because of the popularity of St. Basil.

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Bas (pronounced BAYZ)
Vasily
Vasha
Baz
Bassy

Meanings and history of the name Basil: | Edit

Greek meaning - Royal, Kingly
Arabic meaning - Brave, Valiant

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St. Basil the Great, who lived in 4th century Cappadocia (Turkey)
early movie star Basil Rathbone

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The lead character in the British sitcom "Fawlty Towers," is named Basil Fawlty. The show ran from 1975 to 1979, but lives on in reruns around the world. Played by John Cleese, Basil Fawlty is a misanthropic snob with a short temper who is often the victim of his own schemes.

Basil the Bear is a character on "Sesame Park," the Canadian version of the children's show "Sesame Street."

The name of a novel by Wilkie Collins, published in 1852.

Basil is the name of a "Sherlock Holmes"-like mouse detective in Eve Titus's book "Basil of Baker Street" and in Disney's 1986 animated movie "The Great Mouse Detective

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