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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 (sÉ™-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

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