Cyril Origin and Meaning

The name Cyril is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "lordly".

A British-accented Greek name with an intellectual image that has been off the U.S. charts since 1966, but was a Top 300 name at the turn of the last century. We have the feeling Cyril's ready for a comeback.

Cyril is the name of several saints, including the ninth century Greek missionary who invented the Cyrillic alphabet. In literature, there are Cyrils featured in the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta, Princess Ida and D. H. Lawrence's novel, The White Peacock.

Oscar Wilde named a son Cyril. Cyrilla and Cyrille are the appealing female forms.

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Cyril Rank in US Top 1000

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Cyril Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

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Famous People Named Cyril

  • Saint Cyril of Alexandria
  • Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
  • Cyril ObiozorAmerican NFL football player
  • Cyril Norman HinshelwoodEnglish physical chemist; winner of the Nobel Prize
  • Cyril SukCzech tennis player
  • Cyril Lodowic BurtEnglish educational psychologist
  • Constantine "Cyril" LucarisGreek prelate and theologian; Patriarch of Constantinople
  • Cyril RioliAustralian rules footballer
  • Cyril WechtAmerican forensic pathologist, former Allegheny County Medical Examiner
  • Cyril Brandtford Romneyformer Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands
  • Cyril Hollandson of writer Oscar Wilde
  • Lance Cyril Mountainson of American pro skateboarder Lance Mountain

Cyril in Pop Culture

  • Cyril Tannercharacter in Cassandra Clare's "The Infernal Devices"
  • Cyril Keithtwin brother of Don, brother of Mildred Keith in "A Life of Faith" book series
  • Cyril ProudbottomMr. Toad's Lancashire horse in "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad"
  • Cyril Graycharacter in film "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang"
  • CyrilIce Guardian dragon in video game "Spyro the Dragon"
  • Cyril Fieldingcharacter in E.M. Forster's "A Passage to India"
  • "Cyril Ash" Australian nickname for money
  • Cyril Figgischaracter on animated series "Archer"
  • Cyrilsquirrel in the Maisy Mouse series by Lucy Cousins
  • Cyril Shenstonecharacter in G. A. Henty's, When London Burned
  • Cyril "Squirrel"character in E. Nesbit's "Five Children and It"
  • Cyril Montfortcharacter from the Dragon Age games

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