Comments for the name Cecil

Comments for CECIL:

The SEE-sil pronunciation seems very American to me. In South Africa where Cecil John Rhodes is well remembered, it's always SESS-il, and my late father, born of two Welsh parents, used that pronunciation as well. One of his uncles, from Northumberland, called him SEE-sil but nobody else who knew him ever did. I'd be interested to know what happens in Australia and New Zealand. [noted -ed]
-- Anneza  6/26/2006
I'm from Australia and we pronounce it SESS-il.
-- Anonymous User  4/24/2007
I live in New York, and I've only ever heard it pronounced "Ses-il."
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  1/24/2009
The debates I hear over the pronunciation of this name are both hilarious and frustrating. Damn Final Fantasy fandom...

For the record, I'm Australian and have only ever heard and pronounced it as "Seh-sil" (European-style); Is this new pronunciation a rural/southern US thing? (going over it in my head, I can't say it sounds pleasant...) Because I've listened to several northern accents (Canadian and New England) and they pronounce it European-style.
-- Hyperion  12/15/2011

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