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Gender: M Meaning of Cecil: "blind" Origin of Cecil: Latin

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Once a powerful Roman clan name, Cecil has lost much of its potency over the years, though it retains a strong presence in the sports and jazz worlds. Past bearers include film giant Cecil B. DeMille, poet Cecil Day Lewis, father of Daniel, and photographer Cecil Beaton. Fictional Cecils appear in Oscar Wilde's play, Lady Windemere's Fan, E. M. Foster's A Room With a View and the film Lee Daniel's The Butler.

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Famous People Named Cecil

Cecil Beaton, British photographer
Cecil Day-Lewis, British poet
Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker
Cecil Dowdy, American football player
Cecil Shorts, American football player
Cecil Newton, American football player; brother of Cam
Cecil Baldwin, narrator of the surrealist podcast series "Welcome To Night Vale"
Cecil Adams, author of "The Straight Dope" column

Pop Culture References for the Name Cecil

Cecil Vyse, character in "A Room With a View" (1908 novel and 1982 film adaptation)
Cecil Harvey, protagonist of the video game "Final Fantasy IV"
Cecil Dynever, wife of the title character in James Fenimore Cooper's 1825 novel "Lionel Lincoln"
"Cecil Dreeme" (1862), "interesting early transvestite novel" by Theodore Winthrop, in which Clara Denman dresses up as male painter amongst New York artists under the name of Cecil Dreeme in order to escape marriage to the evil Dendreth
Cecil Palmer, protagonist of the podcast series "Welcome To Night Vale"
Cecil Gaines, character in "Lee Daniel's The Butler" based on Eugene Allen, butler at the White House for 34 years and 8 administrations

Cecill, Siseal

Cecil's International Variations

Cecilio (Italian)