Tuesday, August 4, 2015


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Anonymous said...

Interestingly, the name "Cecil" is Latin for BLIND (or dim-sighted).

As a name, it "died out" some time after the Middle Ages...

As for how or where it came from in recent times, it is strangely convoluted. Use of words like "transferred", "derived from", and "believed to be" cast a questionable character over the modern-day "Cecil" of Welsh derivitive... And now it's come to mean "SIXTH" in our times.

"From the Latin Caecilius, an old Roman family name derived from caecus (blind, dim-sighted). The name, borne by a 3rd-century saint and companion of St. Cyprian, was common in England in the Middle Ages, after which it died out. The recent revival of Cecil as a given name stems from the transferred use of the surname derived from the Welsh Seissylt, which is believed to be from the Latin Sextilius, a derivative of sextus (sixth)."

(See http://www.babynamewizard.com/baby-name/boy/cecil )

Frankly, I don't know what to make of this (if anything). But sometimes there are hidden word (or name) meanings.