In Greek origins, "Basil" (pronounced BAZ-el) means king and royal. In Arabic, it means courageous and lion. The masculine name is more popular in Europe than the US, although its usage reached popularity in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
Similar Names: Basel, Bassil
Famous Basil Names: Basil Radford (British actor), Basil Wolverton (American cartoonist)