Post # 1
My husband and I just found out we are expecting a baby in March 2016. We’re thrilled and are enjoying all the lovely conversations that come along with finding out, such as whether or not to find out the gender, how to decorate the nursery, when to tell people, and of course, names! I know we have a long time yet to discuss, but he has suggested the name Basil for a boy. It was his grandfather’s name and I actually really like it, but wonder how much it might get mispronounced…
The way we pronounce it (the way his grandfather pronounced it) is ..baaa -sil. But of course, the common pronounciation is like the aromatic herb:- Bay-sil.
Maybe it’s not a problem anyways…his grandfather, and his uncle who shares the name, have used the nickname Baz anyways, which we would probably do to.
I also really like the name Bennent, but love the name Elizabeth for a girl and cannot name siblings Elizabeth and Bennent (pride and prejudice, anyone)? I also love the name Hazel, but don’t think I could do Basil and Hazel…hahah.
Post # 2
I am familiar with this name and would pronounce it to rhyme with Dazzle. I do think you have “long a” and “short a” mixed up in your OP though.
Post # 3
I would pronouce it like the herb, bay-sil. I feel like unless that’s a common name in your area, most people would pronounce it that way.
Post # 4
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Like the herb for me as well. Very cute tho!
Post # 6
When I see it as a name I pronounce it Baaa-sil and when I see it used for the herb I pronounce it bay-sil.
Post # 7
I would pronounce Basil like the herb, but the nickname Baz would definitely use the short A sound.
Post # 8
I would pronounce it like the herb. I’ve heard the name before pronounced like you said your husband’s grandfather does but because it isn’t a very common name (at least not where I am from), my mind would immediately go to the herb since I’m much more familiar with it.
Post # 9
I knew a kid named Basil when I was also a kid. sometimes when people saw his name on paper they were confused and thought it was like the herb, but once he or his parent said the name, it was never a problem. Agree with PP that it was pronounced like dazzle.
Post # 10
I’ver heard of a boys name Basil, but I really like it. I would however pronounce it like the herb.. but us western New Yorkers love our nasally ‘a’ sound. 🙂
Post # 11
Bay-sil for the herb, Baaa-sil for the name. Baz is a cute nickname.
A friend of mine is named after another herb (let’s call him Parsley for privacy’s sake, lol, since I can’t imagine there are many of these in the world – much less common than Basil or Rosemary as names go) and his parents gave him a more straightforward middle name in case he wanted options. He likes the uniqueness and goes by Parsley. (Again, not really.)
Post # 12
I would pronounce Basil with a short ‘a’ but thats because I’m English and that’s how we pronounce both the name and the herb – no bay-sil here!
Post # 13
You just say “British pronunciation” and I think most people will get Baa zil. 🙂
Post # 14
I love it! It might get fudged the first time, but if he’s known as Baz it won’t be an issue. First time introductions might be annoying with teachers and such, but he’d be introducing himself in most other situations. I don’t see why not!
Post # 15
Like the herb until I was corrected!