Cecily Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Cecily:
Feminine form of Cecil, which is derived from Caecilius, an old Roman family name, which has its root in the Latin caecus (blind, dim-sighted). The name was borne by a 3rd-century Christian who founded a church in the Trastevere section of Rome. During the 6th century, a story of her life was written and she was henceforth venerated as a martyr. She is regarded as the patron saint of musicians.
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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- Comments and insights on the name Cecily
Cecily is a pretty name that fits in perfectly with current naming styles. The sound of the name is similar to the incredibly popular Emily, Natalie and Avery. Cecily strikes the perfect balance with its modern sound and charming old-fashioned appeal, and is a great 'compromise name' for parents with vastly different taste in names.
Cecily is often considered the female equivalent of Cecil. However, the masculine name Cecil is a surname derived from the Welsh given name Seissylt. Seissylt ultimately stems from the Roman name Sextus, meaning "the sixth child".
- Personal experiences with the name Cecily
I am a Cecily and unfortunately I have a lisp. I've always had problems with people mishearing my name and calling me Stephanie and somehow Natalie.
I always get comments on how pretty and unique my name is though, I've not met another Cecily on my travels but I do like having a different name.
My Sister's name is Cecily and she flaunts her uniqueness and uses it to her advantage. We've never met another Cecily, and neither have our parents, who named her after Cecily in 'The Importance of Being Ernest' (our Mom's a little obsessed). She's 23 now and has never had any problems with teasing or anything (though she is fairly tough girl and the sort of person you don't mess with).
- Nicknames for Cecily
Ceil, Celie, Cece, Celia, Cyl, Ceci,Cily, Sissy, Lily, Sully, Cecy
- Meanings and history of the name Cecily
Cecily is the English form of the Latin name Cecilia. It was the usual form of this name throughout the Middle Ages. The name was likely popularised in the Middle Ages by the semi-legendary Saint Cecilia.
- Famous real-life people named Cecily
Cecily of York, sister of Edward V of England
Cecily Neville, Duchess of York and mother of Edward IV and Richard III
Cecily Lefort, Scottish heroine of World War II
Cecily Brown, English artist
Cecily von Ziegesar, American author of the "Gossip Girl" series
Cecily Tynan, American television reporter
Cecily Adams, American actress
Cecily Polson, Australian actress
Cecily Strong, American comedian and cast member on Saturday Night Live
Cicely Mary Barker - English illustrator best known for a series of fantasy illustrations depicting fairies and flowers.
- Cecily in song, story & screen
Cecily is a fictional Alaskan town that was the setting for the series 'Northern Exposure'.
Model Stella Tennant has named one of her children Cecily.
Cecily Cardew, character in Oscar Wilde's play "The Importance of Being Earnest"
Sister Cecily Scallon, pivotal character in Rumer Godden's novel "In This House of Brede"
Cecily King, a character on the Canadian TV show "Road To Avonlea," based on the stories of L.M.Montgomery.
Cecily Underwood from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Cecily Herondale from "the infernal devices" series by Cassandra Clare