Basil (name)

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Basil Name written in English and Urdu
Pronunciation BAZ-el, Baa-sil
Word/name Greek , Arabic
Meaning "royal, kingly, brave, valiant, chivalrous" in Greek. "brave, strong and courageous" in Arabic

The name Basil (Arabic باسل | /ˈbæzəl/; royal, kingly) comes from the male Greek name Vassilios (Greek: Βασίλειος, female version Bασιλική), which first appeared during the Hellenistic period. It is derived from "basileus" (Greek: βασιλεύς), a Greek word of pre-Hellenic origin meaning "king", from which words such as basilica and basilisk (via Latin), as well as the eponymous herb (via Old French) derive, and the name of the Italian region Basilicata, which had been long under the rule of the Byzantine Emperor (also called basileus).

It was brought to England by the Crusaders, having been common in the eastern Mediterranean. It is more often used in Britain and Europe than in the US and is also the name of a common herb.

In Arabic, Basel is an indirect Quranic name for boys that means “courageous”, “lion”. It is derived from the B-S-L root which is used in many places in the Quran. [1]

Different derived names in different languages include: Basile in French; Basilius in German; Basilio in Italian, Galician and Spanish; Basileo in Galician; Vasile in Romanian; Vasil in Bulgarian; Vasilije in Serbian; Vasily in Russian; Bazil, Bazsó, Vászoly and Vazul in Hungarian.

Basil has many variant forms: Basel, Bassel, Bassil, Basile, Bacile, Basilic, Basilides, Basileios, Basileo, Basilie, Basilio, Basilius, Bazeel, Bazeelius, Bazil, Bazyli, Breasal, Pasi,[2] Vasil, Vasyl, Vasile, Vaseleos, Vasileos, Vasilije, Vasilj, Vasko, Vaso, Vasilios, Vasilios, Vasilius, Vasilus, Vassilis, Vasili, Vassili, Vasiliy, Vassilij, Vassily and Wassily.

Basil may refer to the following people:



Religious figures[edit]

  • Basil of Caesarea (330-379), also known as Basil the Great, a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea
  • Basil the Elder, father of Basil the Great and saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Basil of Ancyra (died 362), a 4th-century martyr
  • Basil of Amasea, a fourth-century Christian bishop and martyr
  • Basil Fool for Christ (born 1468 or 1469, died 1552 or 1557), a Russian saint
  • Basil of Ostrog (1610-1671), bishop and saint of the Eastern Orthodox Church
  • Basil the Physician (died 1118), Bogomil leader burned at the stake as a heretic
  • Basil of Seleucia (died probably between 458 and 460), a metropolitan bishop of Seleucia ad Calycadnum
  • Basil the Confessor (died 750), Eastern Orthodox saint
  • Basil Hopko (1904-1976), bishop of the Slovak Greek Catholic Church and martyr
  • Basil Hume (1923-1999), English Roman Catholic cardinal and Archbishop of Westminster
  • Basil Moreau (1799-1873), French Roman Catholic priest who founded the Congregation of Holy Cross and was beatified

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  • Toni Basil (born 1943), musician, video artist, actress, and choreographer

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