Basil

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Name of several early saints, particularly in the Orthodox Church, from Latin Basilius, from Ancient Greek Βασίλειος (Basileios).

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Basil

  1. A male given name, in quiet but steady use in the UK.
    • 1866 Eliza Tabor Stephenson, Hester's Sacrifice, Hust and Blackett, 1866, Volume II, page 28:
      "Nonsense. I'm sure he can't have grey hair with such a pretty name as that. Basil Brooke, Basil Brooke," and May chanted the name over and over in her girlish, musical voice. "It sounds like all sorts of pleasant pictures. - -

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