The name Basil is widely used; it has 48 derivatives that are used in English and other languages. English derivatives include Basal, Base, Basel, Basey, Basileios, Basilic, Basilides, Basilie, Basino, Bassel, Bazeel, Bazeelius, Brasil, Bresal, Vas (used in Russian too), and Vasily (used in Russian too). Other English forms include the shortening Bas, the pet form Baz, and the spelling variant Bazil (used in Czech too).
Derivatives of Basil used in other languages include Bacilio (Spanish), Bale (French), Basile (French), Basilio (Basque, Italian, and Spanish), Basilius (German and Scandinavian), Basilla (Ukrainian), Basle (German and Scandinavian), Bazek (Polish), Bazel (Hungarian), Bazyli (Polish), Breasal (Irish), Pasi (Finnish), Vasil (Czech and Slavic), Vasile (Romanian), Vasilek (Russian), Vasileos (Greek), Vasili (Russian), Vasilije (Slavic), Vasilios (Greek), Vasilis (Greek), Vasiliy (Russian), Vassilios (Greek), Vassily (Russian), Vasya (Russian), Vasyl (Russian and Ukrainian), Vazul (Hungarian), Wasili (Russian), Wassili (Russian), and Wassily (Russian).
See also the related categories, king, plant (wood), excellent (honorable), revival, fox, christians (missionary), europe (continental), word (element), greek, valiant (brave), czech, root, french, german, arabic, and cognate.
Basil is a rare baby name for boys. At the modest peak of its usage in 1911, 0.029% of baby boys were given the name Basil. It ranked at #328 then. The baby name has since suffered a steep loss in popularity, and is now used on an infrequent scale. In 2018, out of the group of boy names directly linked to Basil, Rex was the most commonly used.
Baby names that sound like Basil include Ba'al, Baal, Balou, Basal, Basel, Basile, Basle, Bassel, Baxley, Bazeel, Bazel, Bazil, Beaslea, Beaslee, Beasleigh, Beasley, Beasli, Beaslie, Beasly, and Bekeel.
† English pronunciation for Basil: B as in "be (B.IY)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; UW as in "two (T.UW)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
Details of famous persons named Basil:
Actor Basil Rathbone, born Philip St. John Basil Rathbone, 13 June 1892 - 21 July 1967, Johannesburg, South Africa.
Religious Figure Basil Hume, born George Haliburton Hume, 2 March 1923 - 17 June 1999, Newcastle upon Tyne, England.