(Closed) How would you pronounce this name?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
3281 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

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
3562 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Our Backyard

Like the herb for me as well. Very cute tho!

Post # 6
492 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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.

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 4 months ago by  acsweetpea.
Post # 7
7890 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I would pronounce Basil like the herb, but the nickname Baz would definitely use the short A sound. 

Post # 8
1206 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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
102 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
2803 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

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
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

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
1776 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

You just say “British pronunciation” and I think most people will get Baa zil. 🙂 

Post # 14
650 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

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
2120 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Like the herb until I was corrected!

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