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 "Match the Sibsets!".

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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Cyril is #976 on Nameberry

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Famous People Named Cyril

Pop Culture References for the name Cyril

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!