(Closed) How would you pronounce this name?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 16
817 posts
Busy bee

pronounced like Bazil. In the uk we have a very famous Basil, Basil Fawlty (John Cleese)

Post # 17
3031 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I’d probably say Bay-sil like the herb, but you’d really only need to correct me once.  I know in the UK they pronounce it the other way – baz-il. 

Post # 18
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I would pronounce it also like the herb.

Post # 19
30 posts
  • Wedding: March 2015

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FoolsintheRain:  I’ve seen that name before but didn’t know how it was pronounced. I’ve always pronounced it like the herb, Bay-sil. But now I know how it’s actually pronounced. 🙂

Post # 20
606 posts
Busy bee

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FoolsintheRain:  Baaaaaasil!!! I called the herb baaaaaasil until culinary school. Apparently I’m an old English style of girl. LOL. 

It’s like Fawlty Towers!!! That’s amazing! Do it!

Post # 21
1549 posts
Bumble bee

Oh I love that name. Adorable. I’d rhyme is with dazzle, but I’m in Australia and tgats how we pronounce the herb too. Basil Fawlty is a well known reference here too. 

Post # 23
111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

At first in my head I pronounced it like the herb. After I read your explanation, I immediately thought about Austin Powers (Basil Exposition, basically M from James Bond). Then when I realized that’s how it was pronounced, I loved it! But I think that unless you’re in the UK, people may not get it.

Post # 25
4239 posts
Honey bee

I would pronounce it Baaaa-sil- like Basil Fawlty. It’s a cute name! 

Post # 26
222 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Baaah-zil, always Baaah-zil. Like Basil Fawlty

Post # 27
2449 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’ve only heard Basil from the British show Fawlty Towers where is the main chartacter’s name (John Cleese) so I know it’s Baaa-sil but would still strike me oddly as a baby name and most people I fear would get it wrong.

Post # 29
3238 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I was born in the 90s in the Southeast US, so safe to say there are not many (if any) Basils of my generation. Even so…I know that the name Basil is not pronounced like the herb and I would hope most people would, too. At the very least if shouldn’t take many corrections before people would “get” it. 

Post # 30
927 posts
Busy bee

Another Aussie here, would definitely be Bas-il (NOT bay-sil) here – for both the herb and the name! But that probably doesn’t help you much if you’re in the US. 

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