Pronounced Pron. bah-SEE-lyah (Spanish (Latin American))
Other Forms FormsBasilie (Middle English variant)
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Contributor Contrib.bananarama on 2/8/2010
Feminine form of Basil (1) via its latinized form Basilius. This was borne by an obscure early saint. As an English name it has long been obsolete, but was much used in the Middle Ages; perhaps a reference to Saint Veronica as Basilia in the medieval 'Mors Pilati' ('Death of Pilate') was responsible for the name's popularity.