Cecil (given name)

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Cecil is a usually male given name of Welsh origin.

The name was associated with Monmouthshire and derives from the Old Welsh personal name Seisyllt. The name may be related to that of the local celtic tribe (Silures) and the successor kingdom (Essyllwg).

The spelling has been modified greatly as a result of folk etymological association with the Latin name C(a)ecilius, a derivative of caecus ‘blind’.

Notable people with the name include:




Fictional characters[edit]


  • Cecil, a lion that had lived in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, until being killed by a hunter in 2015