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Cecil

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 59 14 45
1881 51 16 35
1882 77 24 53
1883 74 23 51
1884 95 22 73
1885 118 31 87
1886 117 34 83
1887 120 40 80
1888 132 36 96
1889 157 55 102
1890 178 58 120
1891 158 50 108
1892 221 70 151
1893 259 112 147
1894 255 80 175
1895 287 95 192 #100 boy name
1896 308 108 200 #97 boy name
1897 354 138 216 #84 boy name
1898 376 133 243 #87 boy name
1899 373 117 256 #77 boy name
1900 473 129 344 #76 boy name
1901 406 128 278 #70 boy name
1902 466 112 354 #65 boy name
1903 435 103 332 #66 boy name
1904 489 130 359 #67 boy name
1905 464 117 347 #72 boy name
1906 477 109 368 #68 boy name
1907 526 127 399 #69 boy name
1908 511 114 397 #72 boy name
1909 545 113 432 #73 boy name
1910 602 130 472 #77 boy name
1911 676 116 560 #76 boy name
1912 1,192 135 1,057 #76 boy name
1913 1,438 162 1,276 #74 boy name
1914 1,723 193 1,530 #79 boy name
1915 2,381 200 2,181 #76 boy name
1916 2,422 241 2,181 #80 boy name
1917 2,298 197 2,101 #83 boy name
1918 2,566 238 2,328 #82 boy name
1919 2,500 200 2,300 #78 boy name
1920 2,672 213 2,459 #77 boy name
1921 2,608 152 2,456 #79 boy name
1922 2,511 174 2,337 #85 boy name
1923 2,401 146 2,255 #87 boy name
1924 2,473 174 2,299 #85 boy name
1925 2,450 152 2,298 #87 boy name
1926 2,449 146 2,303 #86 boy name
1927 2,345 117 2,228 #92 boy name
1928 2,102 96 2,006 #97 boy name
1929 1,991 105 1,886
1930 1,974 93 1,881 #99 boy name
1931 1,850 79 1,771
1932 1,727 73 1,654
1933 1,575 68 1,507
1934 1,661 71 1,590
1935 1,795 66 1,729
1936 1,659 84 1,575
1937 1,726 91 1,635
1938 1,635 77 1,558
1939 1,648 69 1,579
1940 1,665 74 1,591
1941 1,587 75 1,512
1942 1,685 67 1,618
1943 1,764 67 1,697
1944 1,555 57 1,498
1945 1,404 49 1,355
1946 1,463 56 1,407
1947 1,486 42 1,444
1948 1,428 31 1,397
1949 1,356 37 1,319
1950 1,376 37 1,339
1951 1,355 32 1,323
1952 1,360 30 1,330
1953 1,276 24 1,252
1954 1,333 32 1,301
1955 1,257 37 1,220
1956 1,168 22 1,146
1957 1,084 23 1,061
1958 1,033 24 1,009
1959 1,035 23 1,012
1960 978 19 959
1961 987 19 968
1962 904 20 884
1963 829 7 822
1964 744 13 731
1965 738 10 728
1966 690 12 678
1967 553 12 541
1968 572 9 563
1969 562 10 552
1970 573 7 566
1971 548 12 536
1972 485 10 475
1973 420 5 415
1974 431 12 419
1975 353 5 348
1976 351 0 351
1977 380 11 369
1978 359 7 352
1979 356 5 351
1980 420 12 408
1981 328 9 319
1982 305 9 296
1983 318 9 309
1984 307 10 297
1985 273 7 266
1986 285 9 276
1987 257 7 250
1988 278 8 270
1989 249 12 237
1990 236 5 231
1991 217 0 217
1992 194 0 194
1993 205 9 196
1994 169 7 162
1995 151 5 146
1996 154 0 154
1997 135 0 135
1998 132 0 132
1999 133 0 133
2000 130 0 130
2001 127 6 121
2002 106 0 106
2003 109 8 101
2004 105 5 100
2005 108 0 108
2006 107 0 107
2007 111 0 111
2008 122 0 122
2009 88 0 88
2010 78 0 78
2011 91 0 91
2012 97 0 97
2013 114 0 114
2014 98 0 98
2015 119 5 114

Fun Facts about the name Cecil

  • How many people with the first name Cecil have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 113,550 babies born with the first name Cecil in the United States. That's more than enough people named Cecil to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Cecil? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 59 new born babies.
  • When was Cecil first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Cecil is Saturday, September 11th, 1819.
  • What year had the most people named Cecil born? The highest recorded use of the first name Cecil was in 1920 with a total of 2,459 babies. That's a lot of babies named Cecil!
  • Random Cecil Factoid: According to the 1912 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Cecil ranks 39th in popularity as a baby boy's name in West Virginia. Imagine that, 29 babies in West Virginia have the same name as you in 1912.
  • Weird things about the name Cecil: Your name in reverse order is Licec. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cceli. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Cecil? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,941 people with the last name Cecil.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Cecil? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Cecil as their last name.

Where is the name Cecil popular?

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Popularity of Cecil as a first name

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Popularity of Cecil as a last name

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Common last names for Cecil

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Taylor
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Harris
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • Hall
  • Anderson
  • Wright
  • Baker

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Cecil U.S.
  White 90.55% 64.26%
  African American 3.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.09% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.72% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.47% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Cecil

People with the last name Cecil are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Cecil" mean? The list below shows the origins of Cecil as well as things modernly associated with the name Cecil such as celebrities named Cecil.

English

Origin and Meaning of Cecil

The name "Cecil" is of English origin, and it means "Blind". It's a name commonly given to boys.

From Latin Caecilius, a Roman family name derived from caecus (“blind”). The surname has absorbed the Old Welsh given name Seisyllt, from Latin Sextilius, from Sextus.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A surname​.

Notable Persons With the Name Cecil

Cecil Rhodes

Cecil Rhodes was a Prime Minister of the Cape Colony. Cecil was born on July 5th, 1853 in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, UK. He left this life on March 26th, 1902.

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Gram Parsons

Gram Parsons was a country music, country rock, rock music, and folk rock singer-songwriter, guitarist, and pianist. He plays Guitar, Piano, Electronic organ, and Vocals. He was most active from 1963 to 1973. Gram was given the name Cecil Ingram Connor III on November 5th, 1946 in Winter Haven, Florida. He died on September 19th, 1973.

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Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille was a producer, director, editor, screenwriter, and actor. His career lasted from 1913 to 1959. Cecil was given the name Cecil Blount DeMille by his parent Henry Churchill de Mille on August 12th, 1881 in Ashfield, Massachusetts, U.S. He died on January 21st, 1959.

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Tony Richardson

Tony Richardson was a director and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1952 to 1991. Tony was given the name Cecil Antonio Richardson on June 5th, 1928 in Shipley, West Riding of Yorkshire, England. He died on November 14th, 1991.

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Cecil Day-Lewis

Cecil Day-Lewis was a writer. Cecil was born on April 27th, 1904 in Ballintubbert, Queen's County, Ireland. He breathed his last breath on May 22nd, 1972.

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Sir Cecil Beaton

Sir Cecil Beaton was a photographer, designer, socialite, and writer. Cecil was given the name Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton on January 14th, 1904 in Hampstead. He left this life on January 18th, 1980.

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  • John Gilbert
    (actor)
  • Prince Buster
    (musician)
  • Ini Kamoze
    (musician)
  • Cecil Taylor
    (musician)
  • Cecil Fielder
    (baseball player)
  • Cecil Kellaway
    (famed person)
  • Cecil D. Haney
    (famous person)
  • Cecil Shorts
    (football player)
  • Cecil D. Andrus
    (office holder)
  • C. F. Powell
    (scientist)
  • John Brack
    (artist)
  • Cecil Frances Alexander
    (hymn-writer)
  • Cecil Newton
    (football player)
  • Sir Cecil Clementi
    (Governor of Hong Kong)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Cecil

The Lord Burghley

The Lord Burghley was a Lord High Treasurer. The was given the name William Cecil on September 13th, 1520 in Bourne, Lincolnshire. He passed away on August 4th, 1598.

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The Earl of Salisbury

The Earl of Salisbury was a Lord Privy Seal, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Secretary of State, and Secretary of State (England). The was given the name Robert Cecil on June 1st, 1563 in City of London. He breathed his last breath on May 24th, 1612.

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Derek Cecil

Derek Cecil is an actor. Derek was born on January 5th, 1973 in Amarillo, Texas, U.S.

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William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil

William Amherst Vanderbilt Cecil is a businessman. William was born on August 17th, 1928.

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Cecil Chao

Cecil Chao is a famous person. Cecil was given the name Chao Sze-Tsung Cecil in 1936.

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Brett Cecil

Brett Cecil is a baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays. Brett was born on July 2nd, 1986 in Dunkirk, Maryland.

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What does the name Cecil mean?

Cis for casual, no pretension here.

Eis for electric, a sparkling trait!

Cis for captive, your web of charm.

Iis for intense, your zest of living.

Lis for little, the little things you do.

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