Cecil - thoughts?

(30 Posts)
Alisvolatpropiis Tue 11-Jun-13 21:04:28

As names like Arthur and Stanley become more mainstream will a name like Cecil or Francis make a comeback?

I thought this to myself and re Cecil thought "no never". But then I'd have thought the same about Stanley.

bananaramma Tue 11-Jun-13 21:55:05

I like Cecil! I'm less keen on Francis or Stanley though.

Alisvolatpropiis Tue 11-Jun-13 21:56:13

See I thought it to myself and thought "no never" but the more I've thought about the more I like it! grin

WhiteHairReally Tue 11-Jun-13 22:41:43

Lucy Honeychurch's totally wrong fiance in 'Room with a View' pronounced 'Seesil' but even so, he's put me off the name. Never been that keen on George either though, and she married him.

Elquota Tue 11-Jun-13 22:49:23

I think if it was going to make a comeback it might have done so by now. It sounds so weedy.

EuroShaggleton Tue 11-Jun-13 22:50:47

I was going to mention the awful Cecil in a Room with a View too!

fossil971 Tue 11-Jun-13 22:54:54

I thought of "Sissil" from Room with a View too, but actually Cecil is a great and unusual name. I should go for it. Like Cecil Balmond the architect for example.

fridayfreedom Tue 11-Jun-13 22:59:54

Cecil is a caterpillar, Cecil is my friend.... Story we tell at campfires with scouts, sorry

MerryMarigold Tue 11-Jun-13 23:01:41

Isn't it always pronounced 'Sissle'?

I personally hate it. I think it's all the 'ss's, sounds snakey.

Love Francis though.

I think Mark and John are due comebacks.

Cooroo Tue 11-Jun-13 23:05:43

My dad was called Cecil! Mind you he'd be 95 now if he was still alive...

It's a tricky name for anyone who can't pronounce the 's' sound properly (like me).

willyoulistentome Tue 11-Jun-13 23:08:30

Cecil sounds just so wet.
Francis is cool.

squoosh Wed 12-Jun-13 00:18:00

Bloody hell, Cecil really would be the limit as far as the 'old man chic' trend is concerned.

I'd have to start a petition or something, or maybe wave my fist at the sky.

Cease with Cilly Cecil!

squoosh Wed 12-Jun-13 00:19:07

I don't think a name such as Francis should be tainted by a Cecil association.

<pats Francis consolingly>

Lighthousekeeping Wed 12-Jun-13 00:39:19

I don't think it will ever be cool. I don't know what I think to all these old mad names. Every other boy seems to be Arthur these days.

Rhubarbgarden Wed 12-Jun-13 16:46:42

I quite like it. I really like Francis too, and know a three year old one.

BookieMonster Wed 12-Jun-13 16:51:08

Cecil Parkinson. Nuff said.

I think Francis is already back a bit, I've taught 2 or 3. Never taught a Cecil!

Funny how Cecily is just beautiful though!

mirry2 Wed 12-Jun-13 16:53:16

Francis is nice but Cecil?......shudder

Startail Wed 12-Jun-13 17:00:24

DD's DF(rather than BF) is a Francis, never thought twice about it, but Cecil just No.

Floggingmolly Wed 12-Jun-13 17:09:32

I refuse to believe anyone is seriously contemplating Cecil as a name for a baby. This is a joke, right?

jaminthemiddle Wed 12-Jun-13 18:09:53

I know a Cecil and he is great and not in the slightest bit weedy.

TheRealFellatio Wed 12-Jun-13 18:12:57


TheRealFellatio Wed 12-Jun-13 18:13:22

And I say that as someone who almost called my 18 year old Stanley.

Lighthousekeeping Wed 12-Jun-13 19:17:14

Francis is popular. I never have thought of it as an old mans name. Or cool. There's loads of boy and girl Frankies running around.

scarlettsmummy2 Wed 12-Jun-13 19:21:06

I don't like it- makes me think of elderly men, but not cute for a baby in the way some other old fashioned names are.

Alisvolatpropiis Wed 12-Jun-13 19:26:33

Flogging it was a passing thought about name trends, you don't need to stage an intervention grin

Interesting responses on the whole!

dementedma Wed 12-Jun-13 21:05:25

Cecil is horrible, and the American pronunciation See-sil is even worse. I do know a female Cecil though, which is odd.

PipkinsPal Wed 12-Jun-13 21:08:15

Sounds too old even for an old guy. Not recommended and deffo not to be shortened especially if your surname is Pitt.

KittenofDoom Wed 12-Jun-13 21:21:25

Francis is one of those names that has never been in or out of fashion.

What about Cyril? I had a great-uncle Cyril, but the only others I've ever come across were Cyrille Regis (footballer) and a French bloke.

Manchesterhistorygirl Wed 12-Jun-13 21:22:32

Also though t of ssesil, Francis is ds2's middle name so obviously I like it.

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