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Basil

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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Kingly

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Basil

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Basil in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Basil:

  • Records indicate that 9,954 boys in the United States have been named Basil since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1924, when 280 people in the U.S. were given the name Basil. Those people are now 92 years old.

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    Comments about the name Basil

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      37 Positive Comments

  • "Great name. My name. Love it much. Passsed it down to my son as a second name but he uses it as a first and will also likely pass it to his. Thanks to my parents." Sep. 12, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, my name is B?sil It was asowme Iam an indian Named by st.basil" May. 15, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Basil (pronounced like the herb). We love it, people seem to love it & I have never met a female Basil. People do tend to pronounce it like the traditional English way & I'm sure the jokes about herbs will get old but we still love it & think it's a beautiful name!" Oct. 4, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Uncle's middle name was Basil, pronounced "baay zill" and believe it or not he was actually allergic to basil and when he ate it and he ate it all the time he got a rash that he ignored but one time it wasn't a rash it was a basil cell carcinoma and he ignored it and he died. We buried him from St. Basil's church in Los Angeles except he was Protestant. We lied." May. 8, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my male cat Basil (pronounced Bazzle) because I met a British guy with this name and I really liked it. I also met a cat in Scotland named Basil, so I guess I stole their idea. I haven't met anyone in the U.S. with this name. People try to pronounce it Bay-zle like the herb which I don't blame them because it's spelled the same." Feb. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Basil (pronounced BAZ - il) This name has served me well as it is very unique, girls digg it, people tend to remember it quite easily. - They also call me Baz for short which is pretty cool!!" Dec. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My parents named me Basil pronounced (Baz-el), the same way that it is pronounced in England. Not like the spice. People treat me fine and some say that they really like it. Spice jokes do get old though. I guess uniqueness is cool, I've only ever met at most two people in my life with that name." Apr. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, my name is Basil and no one has made any comments, except when I was in the US - there, people tend to make fun of it for some reason. Basil is a very old traditional English name, and yes, it is cool :)" Feb. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Basil happens to be my name and its done me well. People digg it because its unique especially the girls and no one can forget a name like that. I pronounce it like the herb but I like to think of it as kingly. I am content with it so go ahead and name your kids Basil its a good name to have. =) - Basil T" Feb. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 7 year old son's name is Bazel and we call him Baz for short (which I think is super hip). We pronounce it like the spice as well." Oct. 31, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Basil and I am just adore his name. It sounds so sweet and clean. The best part is our last name is Cook. And we pronounce it just like the herb." May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Basil is great & it pronounced Bazil. My son is born on 15th april & i have to decide this name for my son. My wife suggest this name for him." Apr. 21, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my husband's name is Basil (pronounced like the herb) and i really love it! It is his father's and great grandfather's name. However, it get's really old when, even as an adult, people say, "Hey Oregano, what's up!" like he's never heard that one before. We are having our second child and if it's a boy, we'll name him Basil but will probably use whatever middle name we chose as his name since he and his father are called Basil and we don't want too much confusion!" Apr. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our 1 year old son's name is Basil, named after his grandfather. We call him Baz (rhymes with Jazz) - very cool name!" Mar. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I happen to like this name, since my name is Basil. except mine is pronounced, Bazel. yet is spelled Basil =)" Jan. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We're considering this name for our baby who's going to be born in 5 months. It's our name for a boy but no reason why you couldn't use it for a girl's name. We love basil in foods, and we like uncommon names. This is a good one!" Jun. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my dog is called basil.i didint think people could be named basil.i recommend it a four star" Apr. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am very interested in naming my (unborn; unconceived) daughter (not son) Basil and was checking to see if it was common. I love it as a name and love it period (I'm Italian and it's a necessity; pesto, tomato sauce, pizza, etc, you name it!)" Feb. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name (middle) and I love it. No one else has ever had it before that I have been able to find. It is pronounced the way it is spelled. People normally pronounce it wright. I Love My name it is my grand dad's name....." Dec. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Basil. I love the name - lot's of people mispronounce it. it's pronounced bayzil with the s sounding like a z. I have only met 2 people with the same name. My son is only 4 but seems to love his name too!" Oct. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "LIke the way the name carries a feeling of intelligence to it." Sep. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "The dude in Faulty Towers is named Basil and it is pronounced baaah-sil. He is awesome." Jun. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is a beautiful name for boy. But difficult to pronounce it right." Jun. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think of Basil the Great, or priest/write Basil Maturin. The name is old, but grand. I wouldn't have a problem naming my kid "Basil."" Jun. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it pronounced the way they do in England, with the short A. Basil is a great name, in my opinion. Unique, classy and cute. I don't understand why some people dislike it. Sadly, I can never use it as our last name begins with B and it just wouldn't sound good. Too bad!" Oct. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is the name that I choose for my daughter. My husband is Italian and LOVES it. I wanted something different. As soon as we heard it, we knew this was it!" Sep. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is not only a boy name. I named my daughter Basil and everyone loves it." Aug. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name definitely catches attention. Its uniqueness has opened doors for me in every possible way, jobwise, dating wise, u name it. Thank God for little favors." Feb. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is also Basil - it is derived from the name Vasilios a Greek name ( northern Greece ) . The English derevation comes fom the V and B sound of the letter Beta ( the first leter of Vasilios in Greek ) being very similar in the Greek language. so Vasilios could be pronounced Basilios in English, which then can be shortened to Basil. My guess is that Vasili rhymes with Billy, which is where Bill can come from ..." Feb. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "At a radio show i met a kid named basil. I found this to be extremely weird but I liked the name." Feb. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Basil (Basile in French) is the English version of the Greek name Vassili, meaning "Royal". In the Roman Empire, the ruler of Costantinople was given the title "Basileus" (King). A lot of people think of the herb, basil, which was given this name because it used to be such a costly spice when it was discovered that only royalty could afford it; hence it was called the "royal" plant/herb. A basilica is called so because it architecturally resembles the ancient public buildings of rome (therefore imperial buildings) and because it is accorded certain priviledges by the pope (compare the majestic architecture of a basilica to that of a simple church). It is obviously a very popular name in Greece and also in most Orthodox Christian countries (Russia, Eastern Europe, etc) which honour Saint-Basil-The-Great, the defendor of Christianity in the face of Arianism in the early times of the Christian Era. Interestingly enough, the name Basil resembles a purely Arabic name (Bassel/Basel) which in that language means the "brave/intrepid/courageous" and is also one of the synonyms of the lion." Jan. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name. We'd like to name our son Basil, but I worry that it's a little too uncommon, and that it will be pronounced wrong." Jan. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my son's name; obviously, I love it. It suits him." Jan. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I really like this name, and would like to use it for our son, but can't decide if it's too different." Dec. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "love it, with a short A. Basil comes from the Greek word for "king", and William from Wilhelm, a German name with several possible meanings (golden helmet, helmet of desire, defender of peace... depending on the etymology), but none associated with Basil." Aug. 1, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "yes, this is my name...i feel great because its very uncommon and seems to be unique" Jun. 27, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Basil is the Greek origin of the name Bill... as far as I can deduce. But I'm still not sure. My grandfather's name was Bill, but he was Greek. Since I've only ever known his "American" name; I've been trying to discover what his Greek name was (obviously not Bill). The closest I can come is Vasili or Vasily. In the U.S. he called himself Bill. Also there seems to be some disagreement as to the origin of William. Some sources claim it is Teutonic in origin... others say Greek or more to it Anatolian or Parthyaen. I sure would like to know!" Jun. 13, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "Keep the spices in the cubbard. Be nice to your kids. This is a terrible name." Mar. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Not the right name for a little boy...it makes me think of Basil Fawlty in the British sitcom 'Fawlty Towers' and in particular that 'Germans' episode of the sitcom, in which the character impersonates (or impersonated) Adolf Hitler in front of his German guests and said "Don't mention the war"." Jan. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      17 Neutral Comments

  • "Americans who hear of this name as the word for the herb pronounce it 'bay-zil', whereas in England the word, and the name, are pronounced with a short 'a'. To American ears, this name sounds like an evil British (at any rate English) male foreigner in the U.S. (as would be seen in many Hollywood films over the years) with a monocle in one eye, crooked teeth, and drinking the great English cuppa (Basil Rathbone was an English actor and was perhaps one of the earliest British villain actors ahead of Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons, David Warner, Jason Isaacs et al). It is also the English equivalent of the Russian name Vasili (some Basils in an English-speaking country, usually England, are Russian ex-pats who have changed their name from Vasili), itself based on a Roman personal name that means 'king'" Sep. 24, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Basil from South Africa. I was given the name by my maternal grandmother in memory of her late brother.I pronounce it Bazel but growing up in South Africa one gets different pronounciations like bassil( as in bass guitar) or basil(ba-s-i-l) but I am cool with that and the nice thing is that my son will also name his son Basil so the legacy is set to carry on." May. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I got a puppy last week and called him Basil because he looks like a little fox (after Basil Brush). Took him to the vet this morning and was told that Basil is in fact a girl! I thought about changing her name but I still think it suits her so I am leaving it as it is. And anyway, Basil is a herb." Apr. 26, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is basil and its pronounced baazel and everyone one likes it and person who likes a boy named basil it could be me whats ur name?" Mar. 31, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Bazil (Baz pronounced like when rhymed with Jazz). However, have come across a lot of people mispronouncing my name as Brazil, with me having to remind them that I'm not South American." Mar. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My is Basil, I am pride of the name, many people like the name but most of them do not call the name correctly, they call it Bassey" Feb. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My great, great grandfather's name was Bazaleel, pronounced Baaah zuh lee al. cool, huh? He was born in 1796!" Jul. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Basil. I prounounce it with an "S" sound rather than the "Z". I had a little trouble growing up with the name. However, now that I am older the name has served me well because everyone remembers me by my name because it is so rare." Feb. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Basil is an odd name for a girl being that it means Kingly (not Queenly or Royal), right?" Mar. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i like the name basil..i actually hava a crush on a boy named basil." Dec. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Basil pronounced BAYzil is the herb. The name is pronounced BAZil with a short /a/. It's a good strong name, but often confused." Nov. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "if i was going to name a kid Basil, it would have to be a girl, i like the name , but for some reason i think it best suits a girls name, that would also make it different." Aug. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "If you're in Cornish Country we'll call you Bay-Sil, only the English BAH-ZYL or BAH-SIL" Jul. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "MY NAME IS BASIL AND PEOPLE ALWAYS PRONOUNCE IT BAY-SIL INSTEAD OF BAAHH-SIL. I DON'T MIND THOUGH, I KNOW WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO SAY." Jul. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Basil and I love it! I go with the pronounciation related to the herb (long A), not the British pronounciation (short A). The name has served me well - it definitely is nice having a unique name! One thing is that people often remember you, though you may forget their names. Definitely a thumbs up!" Apr. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I wanted to name my son Herb, but a specific Herb, so we went with Basil, because i like pizza. (yes, i'm making fun of all of you) (yes you, the one reading this right now)" Jan. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Yes, it's my name and it is unique. It's not a common name that you hear every day; this is great." May. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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