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

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.

Famous People Named Cicely

Cicely Tyson, American actress
(Esmerelda) Cicely Courtneidge, English actress, comedienne and singer
Cicely Mary Barker, English author and illustrator ("Flower Fairies")
Cicely Mary Saunders, English nurse who founded the hospice movement

Pop Culture References for the name Cicely

Cicely, Alaska, fictional setting of TV's "Northern Exposure"
Lady Cicely Waynflete, character in G. Bernard Shaw's "Captain Brassbound's Conversion" (1900)

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