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Gender: F Meaning of Cicely: "blind" Origin of Cicely: English variation of Cecilia

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This frilly Victorian name is a variant of Cecilia and Cecily, with which it might well be confused. Cicely was a surprise choice for comedienne Sandra Bernhard.

Literary Cicelys can be found in Sir Walter Scott's "Kenilworth" and the 1925 Dos Passos novel "Manhattan Transfer."

A distinguished bearer is actress Cicely Tyson. Cicely, or Sweet Cicely is also a herbaceous plant with a strong taste reminiscent of anise,and is sometimes used for medicinal purposes.

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Famous People Named Cicely

Cicely Tyson, American actress
Cicely Mary Barker, author/illustrator ("Flower Fairies")
Dame Cicely Saunders, British philanthropist

Pop Culture References for the Name Cicely

Cicely, Alaska, fictional setting for the US television show "Northern Exposure" (1990-95)
Lady Cicely Waynflete, character in the G. Bernard Shaw comedy "Captain Brassbound's Conversion" (1900)

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