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John Cleese played Basil Fawlty on the TV series Fawlty Towers. Actor Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes.
-- Anonymous User  12/14/2005
In the series of books titled Redwall Basil is a rabbit that plays a fairly important role in the series.
-- Anonymous User  12/22/2005
Basil Stag Hare, doncha know. Not a rabbit. He happens to be my favorite Redwall character, wot wot.
-- Atarah Derek  8/17/2007
Basil is also an herb.
-- Anonymous User  12/30/2005
Basil Brush is a puppet fox that appears on childrens broadcasting on the BBC.
-- Anonymous User  1/3/2006
To me Basil means, well, Basil. End of story. Now, Basilio, on the other hand, is better, without the nickname Basil.
-- rubberduckiiz2  1/9/2006
In the United States, Basil is generally pronounced BAY-zul.
-- WeloveyouJesseLacey  2/23/2006
I disagree with the previous poster. This name is generally and correctly pronounced as BAZ-ul. Bay-zul is used when referring to the herb.
-- Anonymous User  3/1/2006
Basil CAN be pronounced Bay-zul, this is the way my grandfather pronounces his name.
-- Anonymous User  6/13/2007
Basil of Baker Street is a mouse detective in a series of children's books by Eve Titus. The Disney Movie "The Great Mouse Detective" is based on those books, and the main character's name remained Basil.
-- Anonymous User  3/3/2006
I have always liked this name. I am not sure why; I just do. There's something almost regal about it.
-- Anonymous User  3/6/2006
Basil Hallward was the artist who painted the fateful portrait of Dorian Gray in the book by the same name. Upon discovering what has become of the portrait he painted and asking Dorian Gray to repent for his sins, he is murdered by Gray in a fit of rage. As a consequence of the murder and the subsequent cover-up, the portrait is permanently stained with blood.
-- Anonymous User  3/16/2006
Pardon me, but I cannot seem to discern any semblance of royalty in this name. Perhaps it's because I'm too used to seeing the name as the name of a herb. I never knew it derived from the Greek word for "king" until now.
-- seraphine_eternal  8/8/2007
Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau was recently beatified in le Mans France. He is the founder of the Congregation of the Holy Cross (CSC). Recent rumors have suggested that he may be up for sainthood shortly due to a recent miracle which would be attributed to his intercession.
-- Little-Beeps  11/15/2007
Basil Brush: a famous British puppet from children's television.
-- Gforceisanutter777  1/23/2008
I find it to be rather comical in nature.
-- Gforceisanutter777  1/23/2008
I usually laugh when I think of this name. Mostly this is because of Basil Stag Hare, who is very hilarious and the first thing I think of when I hear this name.
-- Pippin  4/17/2008
Wasn't this a feminine name in the book "from the mixed up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankewiler"?
-- Anonymous User  7/23/2008
The name Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler means "the wife of (the man) Basil E. Frankweiler."
-- greta-elisif  8/23/2008
The famous actor Basil Rathbone (1892 - 1967) also bore this name. He played Sherlock Holmes in many featured films such as The Hound Of the Baskervilles (1939), The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes (1939), and The Scarlet Claw (1944).
-- Misokana  3/11/2009
Dr. Basil Singer is a physicist, robotics expert, and super-stud muffin! He hosts the really cool show "Exodus Earth" and has appeared on other science programs, too.
-- MandeePaige  7/6/2009
I can't hear or see this name without thinking of the famous scene in the Three Stooges short 'Brideless Groom' (1947), where Christine McIntyre's character of Miss Hopkins mistakes Shemp for her visiting Cousin Basil, and then, upon finding out it's a case of mistaken identity, gives him a severe beating that sends him crashing through the door upon its conclusion. She broke his nose in real life.
-- Anyechka  9/15/2009
I think the name Basil is rather a nice name; I think it would suit someone with a grand, old, gentlemanly character. :)
-- walesgal92  2/7/2010
Saint Basil's Cathedral in Russia (Cathedral of Intercession of Theotokos on the Moat).
-- bathos  12/23/2010
Stuffy, smarmy, weak, and nerdy. I can really see nothing good in this name. Liable to be pronounced incorrectly. The Russian form, Vasiliy, is a different story.
-- Anonymous User  12/31/2011
Awesome name, but I'd never name my kid this. It'd be a good name for a dog. Reminds me of the actor Basil Rathbone.
-- Anonymous User  1/11/2013
This name is also in use in Georgia, where it can be considered to be a shorter and more modern form of Basili, which is the original Georgian form of Basileios. (Also see my entry for Basili in the Submitted Names Database.) Basil is a fairly rare name in Georgia, which is partly due to the fact that Vasil (a shorter form of Vasili, which is the Georgian form of Vasiliy) is much more popular there. In fact, of all the possible names that ultimately derive from Basileios, Vasil is currently the most common in Georgia.

Also, in Georgian, Basil is written as: ბასილ.
-- Lucille  6/4/2013

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