I’ve always said [name]Cecily[/name] like sis-sil-lee, like the Italian island. When I looked it up, it said that [name]Cecily[/name] was pronunced ses-i-lee. And [name]Cicely[/name] was pronunced like the island. Can the spelling [name]Cecily[/name] be pronunced sis-sil-lee?
I’ve always said ses-ilee, but I do recall a [name]Brit[/name] named [name]Cecil[/name] pronouncing it “sissil,” so you might have a case. But bear in mind, she’ll spend most of her life correcting people. (“No, it’s SISily, actually…”)
I pronounce it sis-sil-lee. [name]Even[/name] though I have heard that that’s the wrong pronunciation I always say it that way first.
[name]Cecily[/name] is normally pronounced “SES-i-lee” and [name]Cicely[/name] is pronounced like “SIS-i-lee”. In order to avoid confusion, if you like the name pronounced like the Italian island of [name]Sicily[/name], I would advise that you choose the [name]Cicely[/name] spelling like actress [name]Cicely[/name] [name]Tyson[/name]. Regards, [name]Mischa[/name].