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Cecily Cardew is an adorable character in Oscar Wilde's play, "The Importance of Being Earnest." But for the meaning, I love this name. One of my favorites!
-- Gwenllian  11/12/2005
Cecily is a pretty name, but it does conjure up images of extremely posh chinless wonders for me. Yah, yah, sewpah!
-- hana  1/27/2006
Cecily is radiantly beautiful. It's the name of one of the characters in L.M. Montgomery's "The Golden Road" and "The Story Girl."
-- tmarie  4/21/2006
I really like the name, but I dislike the meaning. Can you actually think of naming your new baby girl "dim-sighted"? If anyone found out the meaning, she would receive endless teasing. And what if she turned out blind? People would think you picked the name on purpose.

It is a very cute name though. :)
-- Anonymous User  7/27/2006
Very cute. Suits a little kid very well!
-- Philippa  9/12/2006
Cecily is a very pretty name.
-- Anonymous User  10/31/2006
I love the soft c's in the name.
-- 7up  1/23/2007
My older sister's name is Cecily and I don't know her personal opinion of it but I love it. There are so many Cecilia's and Cecile's but not that many Cecily's. It sounds very elegant in an old-fashioned but not completely used up way. It also helped me learn to spell, to this day I still think of the "Cecily Rule" when I read things with soft c's in them.
-- Anonymous User  2/21/2007
I think that the pronunciation of this name is very pretty. I like the rare variant "Cessily" better. The character Cessily Kincaid from New X-men has this name, and her name comes from a girl that her creators met at a camp and then used the name as a roleplay better. Too many Cs get me lost in Cecily.
-- Hyugafalcon  6/21/2007
Cecily Tyson is a famous bearer, but I think it's spelled differently.
-- Anonymous User  7/17/2007
Cecily Von Ziegesar is the writer of such popular teen books such as the "Gossip Girl" and "It Girl" series.
-- Anonymous User  11/11/2007
This is a horrible name! It's unisex because I know a lot of people (men) with this name!
-- Anonymous User  12/29/2007
There is a character in The Gemma Doyle Trilogy (written by Libba Bray) named Cecily Temple. She is the "mean girl" at Spence Academy.
-- Anonymous User  1/5/2008
I didn't like this name the first time I heard it, which was from the TV show "Road to Avonlea". There was a character named Cecily King, who had a sister named Felicity, another name I didn't like when I first heard it. Now I love both names, especially Cecily. I think it's a classy, sophisticated name that works well for a young girl as well as grown women. I also like the fact that it's not very popular. The only think I don't like about this name is the meaning, but I wouldn't let that stop me from using this name.
-- TiffanyS  1/11/2008
What I love about this name is that it is the uniquely English form - no stuffy Cecilia or Cecile - and it is all the more elegant for it. Beautiful and balanced. I don't know why, but it makes me think of the sound of little tinkly bells! Make of that what you will!

I wouldn't worry so much about the literal meaning, because:

1. 'Blind' is not even the true origin of the name - it actually derives from a Roman family name which happened to sound like the word for 'blind', hence the confusion. Little known fact!

2. If the 'blind' association is still putting you off, you could try taking it less literally and thinking of it in the sense of 'not hung up on appearances', or another positive sense.

3. The namesake St Cecilia was the patron saint of music - a lovely association, no?

And to the poster who said that they know plenty of men with this name - are you sure they're not Cecil? Because I find it very hard to believe there is a corner of the world where packs of male Cecilys roam! To me, it's such a feminine name.
-- aquamarina  2/27/2008
Cecily is such a sweet name. It has a little flair that Cecelia, though I love, lacks.
-- pennycarroll  5/13/2008
I have never heard a name more elegant than Cecily. And not even the "blind" association puts me off--I see it as being naive/innocent rather than in need of glasses.
-- erb816  7/27/2008
Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (1415 - 1495) was the mother of two English Kings (Edward IV and Richard III). There is also an English illustrator called Cicely Mary Barker (1895 - 1973) which is very similar.
-- Little Owl  2/14/2009
This is an elegant and pretty sounding name. It also sounds rather upperclass, which I like.
-- vomiting  2/16/2009
I loved this name from the moment I read it in Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Ernest. I have not heard it anywhere else and think it would be a unique, old fashioned sounding name and a great alternative to Cecilia.
-- shananana  6/21/2009
I've already commented on this name, but I just wanted to add that, though I still love this name (its sound is one of the most elegant/beautiful out there), I love the spelling Sessily, which mirrors the botanical term "sessile," meaning that the leaf issues directly from the stem of the plant, rather than by a petiole. In my mind this reflects "close to the heart," and I like this connotation much better than "blind."
-- erb816  2/16/2010
This name would make the bearer sound amazing, beautiful, smart-sophisticated. Lovely name! :)
-- walesgal92  3/20/2010
This name could be related to the Italian island of Sicily.
-- Anonymous User  6/3/2010
All I can think of is cesspools, which is not a good association. Also, I just read that "cess" is a slang term for marijuana. Not good.
-- claraelizabethann  6/12/2010
I can't believe how beautiful this name is. When I hear it it reminds me of a sweet, intelligent, and polite girl. It also sounds very well educated, which I love.
-- slapshort58  1/7/2011
I love this name and don't particularly care that it means blind (there are so many names with distasteful meanings that are popular, so why not this one?) or that it reminds some people of cess-pool (not me). However, I would not recommend the previous poster's suggestion of spelling it Sessily, partly because that looks illiterate, but mostly because it *does* look like sessile, which occasionally means what she said but more commonly refers to creatures that don't move during their lives. Unlike the meaning of blindness, which most people won't know, or the echoes of cesspools, which at least isn't evoked by the spelling, Sessily looks blatantly like Sessile, which could be more than a bit embarrassing if she grows up to study biology.
-- babylemonade  5/12/2011
I think Cecily is a lovely name of antiquity that deserves a comeback. My 14x great grandmother was named Cecily (born about 1560 in England). Her daughter and granddaughter, were also named Cecily, except spelled Cicely.
-- GibsonGirl  8/14/2011
My name is Cicily although the spelling is different they are pronounced the same. Growing up I hated it. As a child anything unusual or different can be a door to relentless teasing, but as I got older I grew to like it. Reading some of your impressions of the name actually made me love it more. Thank you so much for your insight.
-- CicilyApril  3/30/2012
Cecily of York (1469-1507) was the third daughter of King Edward IV of England and his wife Elizabeth Woodville. Through her sister Elizabeth she was the aunt of King Henry VIII of England.
-- CarolinW  6/10/2012
Cecily Adams is an American actress and casting director.
-- Anonymous User  7/25/2012
Having lived with the name Cecily for the last 60 years I would like to say that I love my name, it's uniqueness, people's inability to pronounce it and the comments that it provokes; having it teamed with my middle name of Mackenzie makes me feel very special and distinguished. Thank you Mum and Dad
:o).
-- cc_unique  9/16/2012
The (twice) aforementioned Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (1415-1495), signed her name 'Cecylle'.
-- SilveryRow  9/2/2013
I love Cecily so much. It's not a name I would name my kid, partly because of pronunciation errors (sə-SEEL-ee) and partly because it sounds bad with my last name (Cecily Yunevich? Ugh.) But it's pretty and not overused, and there are way too many Dayanaras and McKaylas, Westons and Eastons out there. The world needs more Cecilys.
-- Quamalamalam  5/2/2014
I LOVE the name Cecily. I think it's disappointing that the name means "blind" but still would use it on a chlid. I especially like the combination Cecily Luna.
-- Anonymous User  5/5/2014
My eldest daughter (who is three) is named Cecily. We abbreviate it to Cece, and her last name also begins with C, so it could be CC if she prefers. We get a lot of compliments on the name, and I love meeting (usually older) women with the name.
-- monsume  5/22/2014
This is my name. I have really loved having this name, although sometimes it seems a bit fancy for my personality. I never really knew that the name meant blind. I am a visual arts teacher, so I think that is a bit ironic. I am a little sad that the name has become more popular, as I have enjoyed being the only one most people know.
-- Anonymous User  7/5/2014
Please don't use this name because I want to use it one day! Understand that most people don't know the meanings of names... I also don't like the alternate spellings, I liked Cicely until I found out it was pronounced like Cecily not Sicily (as in Italy). I love this name so much.
-- Anonymous User  12/27/2014
I've never met anyone named Cecily and I read on a baby name website that it was in the 990's for popularity in 1990 and hasn't been in the top 1000 since. Not so popular! I don't know why someone would say it was!
-- Anonymous User  12/27/2014
Sorry, actually Cicely is "sis a lee" but I still like Cecily better.
-- Anonymous User  2/18/2015
Reminds me of cess pool. It's a pity really, that it's not pronounced Sea-suh-Lee instead of Sess-uh-Lee...
-- Anonymous User  4/25/2015
I love Cecily and I love nicknames Lissy, Cilla and Lily (as in ceci-ly - ly - lyly - Lily).
I know this name sounds more child-like and immature, but people get used to other people's names very quickly and there are people with various ages that bear names that used to be nicknames or are nicknames. Once you meet an adult Cecily, you wouldn't be able to imagine a child Cecily (mums always perceive their offspring as babies, no matter how serious their names are).
Cecily does remind me of laces and small toddler girls, but it also reminds me of English princesses and medieval times. It also sounds really delicate, yet musical and fun.
I would avoid the nickname Sissy, where I come from, sise is the word for breasts, so I have that association.
-- Nimue  6/13/2015
Correction: Cicely is sis-a-lee someone just pronounced it wrong!
I like the nickname Ceci (sessy) for Cecily.
-- Anonymous User  7/12/2015
The name Cecily really means heavenly. I don't understand how people can think that this wonderful name means blind. The correct meaning is in fact, heavenly. Cecily is pronounced "SES-i-lee", not "SIS-i-lee."
-- sprite123  10/12/2015
This name, and all "Cecil" variants, is actually derived from the Ancient Greek name Caecilius. It's not certain that the origins of the name itself meant "blind", but the famous family of this name in Rome did have a great member and ruler named Lucius Caecilius Metellus (born 290 BC), who, when a fire threatened the Temple of Vesta and nearly destroyed the Palladium and other sacred objects, went forth and saved the treasures from the fire. As a result, the heat and smoke blinded him. He was honored by his family for generations to come in memory of his sacrifice.

This Roman family attributed their origins to a mythological figure with a similar story, Caeculus. Caeculus, which has been said to translate to "little blind boy", was the son of Vulcan, God of volcano fire. A girl was impregnated with his child when a spark from a hearth landed on her. He was left to be raised by his nephews among shepherds, and went on to found the city of Praeneste. Later, doubt of his ancestry caused a great fire but left him unharmed, and he learned he had mastery over it, to start and extinguish fire at his will. The smoke, though, damaged his eyes, which made them small and distinguished him, hence his name.
-- Genecroix  1/12/2016
We named our daughter Cecily after watching The Importance of Being Earnest in London whilst my wife was pregnant, although we were aware of the name from the film version and prior to that the Pigeon sisters Cecily & Gwendoline in one of our all time favourite films The Odd Couple.
We love the name- as others have said it does sound very English and elegant and we quite liked that as it stands out a bit but being a name ending in y fits in with more popular names like Lily.
We paired the name with Wren for her middle name as we felt it should go with a one syllable middle name and this fit really well. We also liked mixing the old-fashioned first name with a modern middle name. We thought about hyphenating but decided against this. I occasionally call her CC/Cece especially when singing to her and think this sounds classy too.
If you're thinking about choosing this name for your offspring I'd highly recommend it, if only so there's some other Cecily's around for mine to bump into! Be prepared for people to mispronounce regularly though. Overall impressions are people really seem to like it and our beautiful girl really seems to fit the name. Contrary to previous posts suggesting it may be babyish I was worried it sounded a bit too grown up. I think the name will really suit her as an adult and hope she will love it too. Hello to all you Cecilys out there. I've set up a Facebook page for people of that name so feel free to join and say hi if you like.
-- Mr Goatcheese  5/7/2016
My name is Cecily and I was perplexed about the meaning of the name (blind), BUT then I found a meaning that gave me more insight...Forgiving.

If you think about what blind means, it can be translated as forgiving.
-- ccdemure  6/15/2016
The name Cecily was given to 212 girls born in the US in 2015.
-- HerculePoirot  6/16/2016

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