[ 2 syll. cy-ril, cyr-il ] The baby boy name Cyril is pronounced as SIYR-ahL in English †. Cyril is used predominantly in the Czech, English, German, and Slavic languages, and its origin is Old Greek. The name's meaning is of the lord. It is derived from the element 'kyrios' which means lord. Kyrillos (Old Greek) is an older form of Cyril. Saint Cyril of Jerusalem (313-386) and Saint Cyril of Alexandria (378-444) were prominent theologians and Doctors of the Church. The name was also borne by another Saint Cyril (827-869), who together with his brother Saint Methodius, brought Christianity to the Slavs; the two brothers invented the Cyrillic alphabet to translate the Scriptures from Greek into the local language. The name has thus been popular with Eastern European Christians. English speakers first adopted the name in the 17th century, but it came into regular use only in the late 19th century. In literature, the name is borne by the fictional Cyril Beardsall in D. H. Lawrence's novel The White Peacock (1911). In Ireland, the name is used as an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Coireall or Caireall.
The name Cyril is widely used; it has 28 variations that are used in English and other languages. Variations used in English include Cerek, Cerel, Ceril, Cirill, Cirrillo, Coireall, Crille, Cyra, Cyrel, Cyrell, Cyrelle, Cyrill (used in German as well), Cyrille (used in French as well), Kerril, and Syril. The contraction Cy is another English variation.
Foreign variations of Cyril include Ciril (Slavic), Cirillo (Italian), Cirilo (Italian and Spanish), Ciro (Italian and Spanish), Cyrillus (German), Cyryl (Polish), Kiril (Slavic), Kirill (Russian), Kiryl (Russian), Kyrill (German), Kyrylo (Ukrainian), and Siro (Greek).
Cyril is an uncommon baby name for boys. At the modest height of its usage in 1902, 0.038% of baby boys were given the name Cyril. It ranked at #264 then. The baby name has since steeply declined in popularity, and is currently of irregular use. Within all boy names in its group, Cyril was nonetheless the most popular in 2018.
† Pronunciation for Cyril: S as in "see (S.IY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"
Details of famous persons named Cyril:
Footballer Cyril Knowles, born Cyril Barry Knowles, 13 July 1944 - 30 August 1991, Fitzwilliam, England.
Politician Cyril Smith, born June 28, 1928.