Basil name meaning

Updated: May 30th, 2024
Gender: Unisex, both Boy and Girl
Origin: Old Greek and Arabic
Usage: Arabic, Assamese, Bengali, English, Hindi, Sindhi, Hindi, German, Czech, French, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Tamil and Telugu
Pronunciation: pronunciation of Basil bay-zul
Meaning: The Great, Brave, King and Basil the Herb
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What does Basil mean?

Basil means Royal, Brave, King or Basil the Herb is used especially in Assamese, Sindhi, Czech, German, Tamil, English, Telugu, Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, French, Oriya, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi and Arabic is originated from Arabic and Old Greek is in general bestowed upon both sexes.

Prevailing and Perennial Basil has its origin in Arabic and Old Greek, Basil means "Brave, Kingly and Basil the Herb". It is celebrated on January 2nd.

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How do I pronounce Basil?

Two syllabled Basil is pronounced as bay-zul. bah-zul is the different way(s) to pronounce the name.

Variants of Basil

Basileios, Basilius, Baasil, Baseline

Names that rhyme with Basil

How popular is the name Basil?

A common name in United States having over 12845 recievers in 153 years of usage. Currently the moniker is on a rise, in 1897, it ranked 321st when 281 parents chose the moniker for their baby boys.

In addition to that, the first name has been in Basil is a unique baby name in France, it has been in use since 1985 and was able to reach the top 900 names.

In 1998, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 890 on boy names chart when 30 babies were named Basil. Over 429 babies in France have been named Basil. Also, in Switzerland, it has been in use since 1998 and was able to reach the top 200 names.

In 2001, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 189 on boy names chart when 40 babies were named Basil. Over 603 babies in Switzerland have been named Basil. Also, in Belgium, it has been in use since 1995 and was able to reach the top 400 names.

Recently in 2017, it achieved its highest ever ranking of 308 on boy names chart when 37 babies were named Basil. Over 376 babies in Belgium have been named Basil.

Basil is an uncommon baby name in England and Wales, even after 23 years of use, it could not make it big.

There are over 268 babies that have been given the name Basil in England and Wales. Also, in Ireland, it has been in use since 1964 and achieved its top most rank of 185 in 1966.

But Basil is a popular baby name in Nigeria where every 1 in 7000 have the name as well as in, India, South Africa, Sudan, England and DR Congo. According to our estimate, over 120000 babies have been named Basil globally.

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Basil in Nordic countries

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Numerological analysis of Basil

You are the peacemaker in your society. You are the mover and shaker of the world. You are often taken as crazy because of your fearlessness and courageous acts you take to achieve your aspirations. You hate copying others. You are a hard person to speak to, especially if when you are around people you barely know. You love to help the people you care for. You prefer determinate and strong partner when it comes to relationships.

Other names similar to Basil, for soon-to-be-parents

  •  Michail - Queer boy name Michail means "Who is Like God?" which is rooted from Hebrew language is notably used in Finnish, Russian and Greek
  •  Margritha - Girl name Margritha has origin in Old Greek, meaning of Margritha is "The Pearl" is majorly used in Dutch
  •  Ceferino - The unfamiliar boy name Ceferino means "He who Caresses Like the Wind" is rooted from Old Greek language
  •  Evgeniya - Commonly used in Russian and Slavic, Evgeniya aimed at girls, meaning of Evgeniya is "Eugenes Meaning Well Born Noble, Well Born and Sweet Spoken" is of Old Greek origin. Evgeniya is derivative of Eugenia.
  •  Ilene - Ilene's meaning is The Words Aveline Meaning Hazelnut, Eveline and Radiant is used in English and Greek bestowed upon baby girls came from Old Greek and Old French. Ilene is variant spelling of Eileen.

Sibling Names for Basil

If you're considering the name Basil for your new bundle of joy, you may be wondering what other names could complement it perfectly. Look no further! We've compiled a list of sibling names that are sure to make a beautiful set with Basil. Check out these options and see which ones speak to you!

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Famous people named Basil

  • Basil II,
  • Basil I, Byzantine Emperor who reigned from 867 to 886
  • Basil of Caesarea, bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia
  • Basil Brooke, 1st Viscount Brookeborough, Ulster Unionist Party politician
  • Basil Fool for Christ, Russian Orthodox saint of the type known as 'yurodivy' or "holy fool for Christ"
  • Basil Hirschowitz, academic gastroenterologist
  • Basil Hennessy, Australian archaeologist of the Ancient Near East and Emeritus Professor of Near Eastern Archaeology at the University of Sydney
  • Basil Blackwell, was born in Oxford, England
  • Basil Thompson, ballet dancer, master, and teacher
  • Basil McIvor, Ulster Unionist politician
  • Basil Weedon, organic chemist and university administrator
  • Basil de Sélincourt, British essayist and journalist
  • Basil Pao, Hong Kong-based photographer
  • Basil Blackshaw, Northern Irish artist
  • Basil Feilding, 2nd Earl of Denbigh, diplomat
  • Basil Henriques, British philanthropist of Portuguese Jewish origins
  • Basil Mott, FRS was one of the most notable English civil engineers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Basil Beattie, British artist
  • Basil Faber, Lutheran schoolmaster and theologian, was
  • Basil the Confessor, Eastern Orthodox saint
  • Basil Williams, English historian
  • Basil of Trebizond, was Emperor of Trebizond
  • Basil King, Canadian clergyman
  • Basil Cameron, English conductor
  • Basil Acres, English professional footballer of the 1950s
  • Basil Boioannes, and one of the greatest Byzantine generals of his time
  • Basil R. Church, physician and political figure in Canada West
  • Basil Brooke, English metallurgist and recusant
  • Basil Yamey, South African economist
  • Basil Moreau, French priest
  • Basil Shereghy, leading Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church priest and professor
  • Basil Montagu, British jurist, barrister
  • Basil Hopko, eparch of the Slovak Greek Catholic Church
  • Basil Dean, English actor, writer
  • Basil Mesardonites, Catapan of Italy
  • Basil Hood, British dramatist and lyricist, perhaps best
  • Basil Peto, British businessman and Unionist politician
  • Basil Soper, British actor and voice-over artist
  • Basil Willey, professor of English literature at Cambridge and author of well-written and scholarly works on English literature and intellectual history
  • Basil of Seleucia, Bishop and ecclesiastical writer
  • Basil Markesinis, scholar of law and Jamail Regents Professor at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Basil Nield, British judge and Conservative Party politician
  • Basil de Ferranti, British businessman and a Conservative Party politician
  • Basil Bennett, American athlete
  • Basil Bernstein, British sociologist known for his work
  • Basil of Ostrog, Serbian Orthodox bishop of Zahumlje and saint venerated
  • Basil Hume, English Roman Catholic bishop
  • Basil Hetzel, Australian medical researcher
  • Basil Schonland, OMG CBE FRS was noted for his research on lightning
  • Basil III of Constantinople, was Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople
  • Basil Zaharoff, Greek arms dealer and industrialist
  • Basil Rathbone, Philip St
  • Basil Lanneau Gildersleeve, American classical scholar
  • Basil L. Plumley, career soldier and airborne combat infantryman
  • Basil Bunting, British modernist poet whose reputation was established with the publication of 'Briggflatts'

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