Given Name BASIL (1)

GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: BAZ-əl  [details]

Meaning & History

From the Greek name Βασιλειος (Basileios) which was derived from βασιλευς (basileus) meaning "king". Saint Basil the Great was a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea and one of the fathers of the early Christian church. Due to him, the name (in various spellings) has come into general use in the Christian world, being especially popular among Eastern Christians. It was also borne by two Byzantine emperors.
DIMINUTIVES: Baz, Bazza
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Vasil (Albanian), Basileios, Basilius (Ancient Greek), Vasil, Vasko (Bulgarian), Pasi (Finnish), Basile (French), Vasil, Vaso (Georgian), Vasileios, Vasilios, Vasilis, Vassilis (Greek), Basilio (Italian), Vasil, Vasko (Macedonian), Bazyli (Polish), Vasile, Vasilică (Romanian), Vasili, Vasiliy, Vasily, Vassily, Vaska, Vasya (Russian), Vasilije, Vaso (Serbian), Basilio (Spanish), Vasyl, Wasyl (Ukrainian)
SAME SPELLING: Basil (2)

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Entry updated December 8, 2017