Cecily: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Cecily | Baby Name Wizard

Pronunciation: SEH-si-lee (key)

Origin of the name Cecily:

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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Comments and insights on the name Cecily: | Edit

Cecily is a pretty name that fits in perfectly with current naming styles. The sound of the name is similar to the incredibly popular Emily, Natalie and Avery. Cecily strikes the perfect balance with its modern sound and charming old-fashioned appeal, and is a great 'compromise name' for parents with vastly different taste in names.

Cecily is often considered the female equivalent of Cecil. However, the masculine name Cecil is a surname derived from the Welsh given name Seissylt. Seissylt ultimately stems from the Roman name Sextus, meaning "the sixth child".

Personal experiences with the name Cecily: | Edit

I am a Cecily and unfortunately I have a lisp. I've always had problems with people mishearing my name and calling me Stephanie and somehow Natalie.I always get comments on how pretty and unique my name is though, I've not met another Cecily on my travels but I do like having a different name.

Nicknames for Cecily: | Edit

Ceil, Celie, Cece, Celia, Cyl, Ceci,Cily, Sissy, Lily, Sully, Cecy

Meanings and history of the name Cecily: | Edit

Cecily is the English form of the Latin name Cecilia. It was the usual form of this name throughout the Middle Ages. The name was likely popularised in the Middle Ages by the semi-legendary Saint Cecilia.

Famous real-life people named Cecily: | Edit

Cecily of York, sister of Edward V of EnglandCecily Neville, Duchess of York and mother of Edward IV and Richard IIICecily Lefort, Scottish heroine of World War IICecily Brown, English artistCecily von Ziegesar, American author of the "Gossip Girl" seriesCecily Tynan, American television reporterCecily Adams, American actressCecily Polson, Australian actressCecily Strong, American comedian and cast member on Saturday Night LiveCicely Mary Barker - English illustrator best known for a series of fantasy illustrations depicting fairies and flowers.

Cecily in song, story & screen: | Edit

Cecily is a fictional Alaskan town that was the setting for the series 'Northern Exposure'.Model Stella Tennant has named one of her children Cecily.Cecily Cardew, character in Oscar Wilde's play "The Importance of Being Earnest"Sister Cecily Scallon, pivotal character in Rumer Godden's novel "In This House of Brede"Cecily King, a character on the Canadian TV show "Road To Avonlea," based on the stories of L.M.Montgomery.Cecily Underwood from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"Cecily Herondale from "the infernal devices" series by Cassandra Clare