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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
See-suhl. At least where I come from. To be honest "seh-suhl" sounds 100% dumb and doesn't even sound like a name.
― Anonymous User  5/23/2015
I love both pronunciations of Cecil. But SEE-səl is the family pronunciation.

My husband's French Canadian great grandfather was named Cecil pronounced SEE-səl. My half German, half English great grandfather was named John Cecil pronounced SEE-səl. His English side of the family had partially come to America on the Mayflower and from other American families who had been here for a while. His German side of the family were more recent immigrants I think. My main point is that SEE-səl is not a recent pronunciation in North America, it's been around since at least the late 1800's.
Serafina Starstrider  3/29/2017

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