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It makes me think of a spice, not a regal person. I don't really like it. It's about as much a name as Cumin or Paprika.
XironDarkstar  11/19/2017
Basil Williams was a British single skater and pair skater. With partner Phyllis Johnson, he won the bronze medal at the 1920 Summer Olympics. Before teaming up with Johnson, he competed with Enid Harrison. They placed 6th at the 1912 World Figure Skating Championships. He also competed as a single skater at the 1920 Olympics, placing 7th.
lilolaf  2/8/2017
The name Basil was given to 52 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/18/2016
Means King in Greek, and the name of three Roman/Byzantine emperors. Basil means extremely courageous in Arabic, since in the old times and up to recent antiquity, a king did not spare his life, but offer it in defending his own people. The name became traditionally for nobility and Ecclesiastic office, Basil the great is an orthodox saint.
whybadir  10/19/2015
The name Basil can also be used as a diminuitive of the female equivalent, Vasiliki.
ivoryvriska  10/10/2015
The name Basileios is an ancient Greek word meaning king, royal, someone who belongs to the king.
(Basileus|King: ancient word with many meanings, initially it was not close to its current concept of Head of State)

Example of ancient Greek use of the word:
"The Royal Stoa", the ancient agora of Athens. Seat of the King Archon (in honor of which was named "Vasileios Stoa", ie. The "Stoa/Gallery of the King"), where it was exposed the laws of Solon, also a gathering place of the House of the Supreme Court.

The word Basileios on hellenistic period and mainly during the byzantine period, until these days, it is used as a male first name. (Known examples: Basil the Great of Caesarea, the byzantine emperors Basil I the Macedonian, Basil II the the Bulgar-slayer)

Also, as first name to female persons it was used the word Basileia (meaning "kingdom"), as a paraphrase of the ancient Greek word (to differentiate from the male name).

Modern times, the female version of name Basileios ("Basil") is Vasiliki, with exactly the same meaning as the ancient Greek word ("Royal").

Nicknames nowadays are plenty some of which are "Vasilis, Bill, Lakis, Vassos..." but none of them meets the glamor and the importance of the original.
vnaskos  2/8/2015
Basil is also a female nickname for Vasiliki.
ivoryvriska  1/28/2015
I sort of like the name Basil, but it has an infantile feeling to it.
DaisyGraceBaker  6/18/2014
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
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
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
Saint Basil's Cathedral in Russia (Cathedral of Intercession of Theotokos on the Moat).
bathos  12/23/2010
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Basil Brush is a puppet fox that appears on childrens broadcasting on the BBC.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2006
Basil is also an herb.
― Anonymous User  12/30/2005
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
John Cleese played Basil Fawlty on the TV series Fawlty Towers. Actor Basil Rathbone played Sherlock Holmes.
― Anonymous User  12/14/2005

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