Cecile Name Meaning & Origin

Cecile

Pronunciation: sə-SEEL (key)

Origin of the name Cecile:

French feminine form of Cecil, which is derived from Caecilius, an old Roman family name, which has its root in the Latin caecus (blind, dim-sighted). The name was borne by a 3rd-century Christian who founded a church in the Trastevere section of Rome. During the 6th century, a story of her life was written and she was henceforth venerated as a martyr. She is regarded as the patron saint of musicians.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Cecile: | Edit

My name is Cecile (sə-SEEL). My mother is French, hence she gave me a French name. I think it's fine, though it doesn't pair well with my American last name. My biggest frustration has been that in many areas, people don't pronounce it or spell it correctly. A lot of people spell it as "Cecil," which is a boy's name, and I've had many people pronounce it as "Cecily," which doesn't even make sense. I notice that the more provincial and uneducated area I'm in, the more likely people are to pronounce it wrong. So - I rarely had a problem with it when I lived in NYC, but people in the midwest butcher it all the time.

I have been to France a few times and note that it is a very common, normal name there. It's only in the (midwest and country) US that people have a problem with it.

Personal experiences with the name Cecile: | Edit

It was my maternal grandmother's name given to me as a middle name. I was called by the nickname, Ceci until I dropped it in favor of my first name which sounded more sophisticated and was unisex.

Cecile (sEs-ill-eé)
Cecile is my name, my father named me it after knowing a girl from high school named that. I have always struggled with feeling love towards my own name because no one has ever pronounced it correctly right away, they often are to lazy to look at the spelling and just assume its cecilia or something along those lines. To the point when i was in high school and a teacher would say something off from my name and my whole class in course would all say her name is pronounced Cecile. I may feel unique and important at some points but at other times it isn't the greatest. If you are considering this name for your son or daughter just be ready for some complaining but also some complaints.

Nicknames for Cecile: | Edit

Cec,Ceil, Ceily, Sissy, Ceci, Cece, Seal, Cecy, Cici

Meanings and history of the name Cecile: | Edit

Latin form of the french name Cecilia, meaning "blind"

Famous real-life people named Cecile: | Edit

Cecile Aubry, French actress and screenwriter
Cecile de France, Belgian actress
Cecile Dionne, one of the famous Dionne quintuplets
Cecile O'Rahilly, Irish scholar
Cecile Sinclair, Dutch model
Cecile Guillame, French engraver
Cecile de Brunhoff, French co-creator of the elephant "Babar" and associated children's stories
Cecile Manorohanta, Malagasy politician
Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America.

Cecile in song, story & screen: | Edit

Cécile de Volanges, character in the novel and film "Dangerous Liaisons".
Cecile is the name of a shapeshifting, singing, Claymation rubber ball on the children's show "Sesame Street".

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