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

Cicely Origin and Meaning

The name Cicely is a girl's name of English origin meaning "blind".

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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EW314 Says:


Cicely is my preferred variant of Cecilia. When I see or hear Cecily, I can't get past "Cecil", which is still a dated and unattractive masculine name for me. Cicely feels lighter, fresher and more quintessentially English, and the fact that it's also the name of a sweet-smelling herb gives this name a lovely, delicate, summery feel for me.

I don't think the nickname Sissy is a must - I'd personally use Cece, which I think is lovely.

Catastroffy Says:


I think this is my favourite version now.
For starters I pronounce it "SISS-uh-lee", rather than the "SEH-silly" I automatically say when I see Cecily, and I associate it with Cicely Mary Barker and the plant Sweet Cicely.
But being called Sissy would be a drawback.

Saffron_Rice Says:


Cicely can escape the hideous "blind" meaning that Cecily has if we remember that Sweet Cicely is a plant (Myrrhus Odoratus) - therefore it can be argued Cicely is a plant name :)