Basil

I adore the name [name_u]Basil[/name_u], but only pronounced the British way (baz-uhl). Sadly, living in [name_f]Canada[/name_f], I know it would mean a lifetime of mispronunciation (bay-sihl - ugh), so unless my circumstances change, I’ll have to let the name go.

With [name_u]Basil[/name_u] as inspiration, what other boy names come to mind?

If it helps, my top girl names are [name_f]Tabitha[/name_f], [name_f]Lavender[/name_f], and [name_u]Waverly[/name_u]

Sage is unisex, so that’s definitely the first that comes to mind.

I pronounce it bay-zil and I’m in the US. No idea if that’s just me or how a lot of people say it…

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How about…
[name_u]Barrett[/name_u]
[name_m]Ansel[/name_m]
[name_u]Sorrel[/name_u]
[name_m]Linus[/name_m]
[name_m]Cecil[/name_m]
[name_m]Rupert[/name_m]
[name_u]Robin[/name_u]

Maybe you could use [name_u]Basil[/name_u] as a middle name? Then it would rarely be said aloud by people who didn’t already know your pronunciation.

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Cedar
[name_u]Cypress[/name_u]/Cyprus
[name_u]Bellamy[/name_u]
[name_u]Lark[/name_u]
[name_u]Flynn[/name_u]
[name_u]Jasper[/name_u]

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I love [name_u]Basil[/name_u]. It’s one of those names that I used to really dislike.

Lawson
[name_u]Thyme[/name_u]
[name_m]Eamon[/name_m]
Aames
[name_m]Eames[/name_m]
[name_u]Bixby[/name_u]
Aahbury
Danis
[name_m]Brom[/name_m]
[name_m]Brahms[/name_m]
[name_u]Porter[/name_u]
[name_u]Palmer[/name_u]
[name_u]Camden[/name_u]
Thisby
Ashville
Nashville
[name_u]Pepper[/name_u]
[name_m]Emrys[/name_m]
[name_u]Rhys[/name_u]
[name_m]Rhett[/name_m]
[name_u]Mulberry[/name_u]
Milligan
[name_m]Mulligan[/name_m]
Munson
[name_m]Bridge[/name_m]
Byson
[name_u]Bryce[/name_u]
[name_m]Wilson[/name_m]
[name_m]Bastian[/name_m]
Bastille
[name_m]Baxter[/name_m]
[name_m]Burke[/name_m]
[name_u]Berkley[/name_u]
[name_u]Brett[/name_u]
[name_m]Bix[/name_m]
Rix
[name_m]Nixon[/name_m]
[name_u]Wilder[/name_u]
[name_u]Wallace[/name_u]
[name_u]Devon[/name_u]
[name_u]Dexter[/name_u]
[name_u]Lex[/name_u]
[name_m]Bruce[/name_m]
[name_u]Royce[/name_u]
[name_u]Royal[/name_u]
[name_m]Boyd[/name_m]
[name_m]Bax[/name_m]
[name_u]Paxton[/name_u]
[name_u]Axel[/name_u]
Braley
[name_m]Barley[/name_m]
[name_m]Barlow[/name_m]
[name_m]Dalton[/name_m]
[name_m]Dixon[/name_m]
Mase
[name_m]Maceo[/name_m] / Macio
[name_u]Palmer[/name_u]
[name_u]Miller[/name_u]
[name_m]Mills[/name_m]
[name_u]Memphis[/name_u]
[name_m]Ephraim[/name_m]
[name_m]Fenton[/name_m]
[name_m]Finton[/name_m]
[name_m]Fielder[/name_m]
Fields
[name_m]Brookes[/name_m]
[name_u]Brighton[/name_u]
[name_u]Cross[/name_u]
[name_u]Crosby[/name_u]
[name_m]Clayton[/name_m]
[name_m]Cleavon[/name_m]
[name_m]Cleaver[/name_m]
Clausen
Opie
[name_m]Zev[/name_m]
Zevron
[name_m]Zeb[/name_m]
[name_m]Jeb[/name_m]
[name_u]Jensen[/name_u]
[name_u]Gentry[/name_u]

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I live in the U.S and pronounce it Bah-zil like you! Then again I’m not from it so it can differ with a American born one! I love you’re botanical theme

A couple of names similar are:

  • Sage
  • Clove
  • Cedar
  • Rowen
  • Bay
  • Linden
  • Forest
  • River
  • Thyme
  • Valerian
  • Fennel
  • Herb
  • Russet

All herb related or nature related unisex boy names

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I have nothing to add except commiserations about the [name_u]Basil[/name_u] pronunciation! Growing up in the UK, I had no idea of the American pronunciation until I heard it on the TV and it definitely threw me :joy:

Hope you find the name! I would second [name_u]Sorrel[/name_u], [name_m]Cecil[/name_m] and [name_m]Emrys[/name_m] from above for non-botanical options or [name_u]Sage[/name_u], [name_u]Rowan[/name_u] and [name_u]Russet[/name_u] for nature-themed.

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Hi there.

I’m so w/you! I’m in the midwest U.S, & I love the British pronunciation. [name_u]Bay[/name_u]-zil is not nearly as good. And I also like the nn Bash.

Sorry for any repeats, but a few more beautiful ‘[name_u]Basil[/name_u]-ish’ names that come to mind are…

Atlas

Bastian

Crispin

Caius

Caspian

Caspar

Dashiell

Dylan

Eben

Julian

Kai

Koa

Rafael

River

Sebastian

Satchel

Tristan

Hope this helps. :slight_smile:

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Inspired by [name_u]Basil[/name_u]…

Clarence
[name_m]Oscar[/name_m]
[name_m]Graham[/name_m]
[name_u]Lawrence[/name_u]

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Vasil
[name_m]Vasili[/name_m]
[name_m]Boaz[/name_m]
[name_m]Sebastian[/name_m]
[name_m]Russell[/name_m]
[name_m]Ross[/name_m]
[name_u]Asher[/name_u]
[name_m]Fabian[/name_m]
[name_u]Avery[/name_u]
[name_u]Fox[/name_u]
[name_m]Boston[/name_m]
[name_m]Oscar[/name_m]
[name_m]Silas[/name_m]
[name_m]Silvan[/name_m]
[name_m]Sirius[/name_m]
[name_m]Augustus[/name_m]
[name_m]Lysander[/name_m]
[name_u]Toby[/name_u]
[name_u]Wren[/name_u]
[name_m]Warren[/name_m]
[name_m]Felix[/name_m]
[name_m]Zander[/name_m]
[name_m]Vincent[/name_m]
[name_m]Valentin[/name_m]
[name_m]Atticus[/name_m]
[name_u]Aspen[/name_u]
[name_m]Cyrus[/name_m]
[name_m]Ivan[/name_m]
[name_u]Evan[/name_u]
[name_u]Sage[/name_u]
[name_m]Sanderson[/name_m]
[name_m]Anders[/name_m]
[name_u]Cove[/name_u]
[name_u]Haze[/name_u]
[name_u]Oak[/name_u]
[name_u]Cedar[/name_u]
Cenric
[name_m]Cedric[/name_m]
[name_u]Bellamy[/name_u]
[name_m]Bryan[/name_m]
[name_m]Byron[/name_m]
[name_u]Linden[/name_u]
[name_u]Rowan[/name_u]
[name_m]Huckleberry[/name_m]
[name_m]Valerian[/name_m]
[name_u]Astor[/name_u]
[name_u]Blue[/name_u]
[name_u]Oliver[/name_u]
[name_m]Moss[/name_m]
[name_u]Forest[/name_u]

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Such a shame about [name_u]Basil[/name_u]! I don’t have much to add but I really like the suggestions of [name_u]Sage[/name_u], [name_u]Sorrel[/name_u], [name_u]Russet[/name_u], [name_u]Linden[/name_u] and [name_m]Barley[/name_m]. I hope you find something you like!

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I’m pretty sure there’s a saint [name_u]Basil[/name_u] pronounced the way you want. I’m in the US but I pronounce it that way when it is a name. I think it’d be an easy correction.

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I’m a lifelong [name_u]Basil[/name_u] fan.

Some other favorites of mine:

Adam
[name_m]Adrian[/name_m]
[name_m]Alaric[/name_m]
[name_m]Alec[/name_m]
[name_m]Algernon[/name_m]
[name_m]Anatole[/name_m]
[name_m]Archie[/name_m]
[name_u]Arlo[/name_u]
[name_m]Arthur[/name_m]
[name_u]Atlas[/name_u]
[name_m]Barnaby[/name_m]
[name_m]Chester[/name_m]
[name_m]Crispin[/name_m]
[name_m]Dashiell[/name_m]
[name_u]Elliot[/name_u]
[name_m]Endymion[/name_m]
[name_u]Ezra[/name_u]
[name_u]Finn[/name_u]
[name_u]Francis[/name_u]
[name_m]Fred[/name_m]
[name_m]Gideon[/name_m]
[name_m]Hart[/name_m]
[name_m]Hawthorne[/name_m]
[name_m]Hector[/name_m]
[name_u]Holden[/name_u]
[name_m]Huckleberry[/name_m]
[name_m]Isaiah[/name_m]
[name_m]Ishmael[/name_m]
[name_m]Ivan[/name_m]
[name_m]Jack[/name_m]
[name_u]James[/name_u]
[name_m]Jethro[/name_m]
[name_m]Jonty[/name_m]
[name_u]Kit[/name_u]
[name_m]Laszlo[/name_m]
[name_m]Leopold[/name_m]
[name_u]Lionel[/name_u]
[name_m]Mick[/name_m]
[name_m]Monty[/name_m]
[name_m]Mungo[/name_m]
[name_m]Nathaniel[/name_m]
[name_m]Orlando[/name_m]
[name_m]Oscar[/name_m]
[name_m]Otis[/name_m]
[name_u]Peregrine[/name_u]
[name_m]Peter[/name_m]
[name_m]Raymond[/name_m]
[name_u]River[/name_u]
[name_u]Robin[/name_u]
[name_m]Roger[/name_m]
[name_m]Seymour[/name_m]
[name_u]Sidney[/name_u]
[name_m]Stuart[/name_m]
[name_m]Thurston[/name_m]
[name_m]Torquil[/name_m]
[name_u]Valentine[/name_u]
[name_m]Vincent[/name_m]
[name_m]Waldo[/name_m]
[name_m]Walter[/name_m]
[name_m]Wilbur[/name_m]
[name_u]Wilde[/name_u]
[name_m]Wilfred[/name_m]
[name_m]Zbigniew[/name_m]
[name_m]Zephan[/name_m]

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I’m from the US, but have always heard the name pronounced as [name_m]Baz[/name_m]-uhl, not [name_u]Bay[/name_u]-zil, which is how I would normally pronounce the herb. Interesting!
What about [name_m]Felix[/name_m] - for some reason those always go together well in my mind. Or maybe [name_m]Tobias[/name_m]/Toby, [name_u]Jasper[/name_u], [name_m]Pascal[/name_m], or [name_m]Hugo[/name_m]?