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Gender: Male Meaning of Cyril: "lordly" Origin of Cyril: Greek

The name Cyril is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "lordly". Cyril and is often added to lists like Greek Baby Names for Modern Kids and discussed in our forums with posts like "Totally, Kinda, or No Way?".

From the experts:

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.

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.

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Famous People Named Cyril

Saint Cyril of Alexandria
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
Cyril Obiozor, American NFL football player
Cyril Norman Hinshelwood, English physical chemist; winner of the Nobel Prize
Cyril Suk, Czech tennis player
Cyril Lodowic Burt, English educational psychologist
Constantine "Cyril" Lucaris, Greek prelate and theologian; Patriarch of Constantinople
Cyril Rioli, Australian rules footballer
Cyril Wecht, American forensic pathologist, former Allegheny County Medical Examiner
Cyril Brandtford Romney, former Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands
Lance Cyril Mountain, son of American pro skateboarder Lance Mountain
Cyril Holland, son of Oscar Wilde

Pop Culture References for the name Cyril

Cyril Tanner, character in Cassandra Clare's "The Infernal Devices"
Cyril Keith, twin brother of Don, brother of Mildred Keith in "A Life of Faith" book series
Cyril Proudbottom, Mr. Toad's Lancashire horse in "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad"
Cyril Gray, character in film "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang"
Cyril, Ice Guardian dragon in video game "Spyro the Dragon"
Cyril Fielding, character in E.M. Forster's "A Passage to India"
"Cyril Ash," Australian nickname for money
Cyril Figgis, character on animated series "Archer"
Cyril, squirrel in the Maisy Mouse series by Lucy Cousins
Cyril Shenstone, character in G. A. Henty's, When London Burned
Cyril "Squirrel", character in E. Nesbit's "Five Children and It"
Cyril Montfort, character from the Dragon Age games

Ciril, Cyrill

Cyril's International Variations

Cyrek, Cyryl, Cyrillio (Eastern European) Kiryl, Kirill (Russian) Cyrille (French) Coireall (Irish Gaelic) Kiril (Bulgarian) Cirillo, Ciro (Italian)


paulapuddephatt Says:


I really like this name.

Moony Says:


If you want a name that’s traditional but not at all boring, or if you’re looking for a name that’s unique but realistic, then a name like Cyril is the perfect choice. It offers all the sturdy, classical qualities that other traditional names possess, minus the mind-numbing popularity and monotonous appeal. It's fresh but it's old. It's cute but it ages well. It's masculine but not butch. It's conventional yet unconventional, and forgotten but familiar. It's a name that will be remarked upon, but won't need to be justified.

Overall, it is rather sad that Cyril has remained overlooked by so many and for so long but, all the better for the few who have taken note of its remarkable potential. To anyone considering this name, I say GO FOR IT!