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Meaning of Basil

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The name Basil has the following meaning:

Royal. Also has the meaning of "brave" in Arabic and "royal" or "kingly" in English and Latin. The name of an early Christian scholar and saint.
It is a male name, suitable for baby boys.


As a baby boy name, Basil is currently not a popular baby name in the USA.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Basil in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Basil is pronounced as baz-il


Basil originates from the Greek language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Basil and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Basil: Boys - Ambrose, Cyril, Girls - Agatha, Charis, Charissa, Cleta, Daphne, Eulalia, Exie, Lexus, Mallie, Melanie, Melina, Melody, Narella, Niobe, Salina, Both genders - Barbara, Lois, Margaret


Popular Variants for the name Basil: Bale (French), Basek (Polish), Basile (French), Basileios, Basilic, Basilides, Basilie, Basilio (Italian), Basilius (Swedish), Basle (French), Basul (Arabic), Baz, Bazeel, Bazeelius, Bazel (Hungarian), Bazil (Czech), Bazyli (Slavic), Breasal (Irish), Vas (Russian), Vasil (Czech), Vasile (Romanian), Vasili (Russian), Vasily (Russian), Vaslek (Russian), Vassily (Russian), Vasya (Russian), Vazul (Hungarian), Wassily (Russian)


We think the name Basil should fall under the following style category: Everlasting.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Basil to be: A charming and smart man

In one word, you might describe Basil as a(n) "smart" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Basil (or its variants) are:

Basil Dearden, born on 1 January, a famous film director and producer. Basil Dearden's background: An English film director, co-directing comedy films with Will Hay, including The Goose Steps Out (1942) and My Learned Friend (1943). He also directed the influential chiller compendium Dead of Night (1945), the 'Hearse Driver' segment and The Captive Heart starring Michael Redgrave, a 1946 British war drama, produced by Ealing Studios.

Basil Rathbone, born on 13 June, a famous actor. Basil Rathbone's background: A South African–born British actor most famous for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes and of suave villains in such swashbuckler films as The Mark of Zorro, Captain Blood, and The Adventures of Robin Hood.

Basil Liddell Hart, born on 31 October, a famous military. Basil Liddell Hart's background: An English soldier, military historian and leading inter-war theorist.
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