Cecile: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Cecile

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.

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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.

Nicknames for Cecile: | Edit

Ceil, Ceilie, Sissy, Ceci

Meanings and history of the name Cecile: | Edit

French form of 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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