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Basil Name Meaning

English and French: from a medieval personal name, ultimately from Greek Basileios ‘royal’. The name was borne by a 4th-century bishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia, regarded as one of the four Fathers of the Eastern Church; he wrote important theological works and established a rule for religious orders of monks. Various other saints are also known under these and cognate names. The popularity of Vasili as a Russian personal name is largely due to the fact that this was the ecclesiastical name of St. Vladimir (956–1015), Prince of Kiev, who was chiefly responsible for the introduction of Christianity to Russia. As an American surname, this has also absorbed some Greek, Russian, and other derivatives of Greek Vasili.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Vasil, Basile, Bail, Babin, Basa, Bal, Basel, Bassin, Kastl, Bas

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Basil Family Origin

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Basil Family Occupations

What did your Basil ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Cultivateur and Mnagre were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Basil. 16% of Basil men worked as a Cultivateur and 19% of Basil women worked as a Mnagre. Some less common occupations for Americans named Basil were Farmer and Revenue

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Cultivateur
    16%
  • Journalier
    11%
  • Cult
    7%
  • Farmer
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Mnagre
    19%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Religieuse
    10%
  • Revenue
    10%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Basil Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Basil. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Basil census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Basil. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Basil. For the veterans among your Basil ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Basil Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Basil life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Basil in 1943 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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