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Origin of the name BASIL.
Etymology of the name BASIL.
Meaning of the baby name BASIL.

  

BASIL.  English.  From Latin Basilius, from Greek Basilios (q.v.), meaning "kingly." (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).  Also the name of an herb.  Usage: America, Australia, England, Great Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland.

... One day, in 620, when Attila, count of Champagne, was out hunting, he came to Verzy, where stood the monastery of St. Basil..  A wild boar, chased by the dogs, ran for refuge to the saint, who was sitting in the sun outside his cell; and Basil covered the terrified beast with his cloak.  The dogs came up, but were at a standstill, not knowing what to do.  Presently the count came to the spot, and recognizing in this incident the finger of God, gave St. Basil a large part of the forest, a part of Bouzy, and the town of Sept-Saulx.—Mgr. Guérin, Vies des Saints, vol. xiii. p. 603. (A Dictionary of Miracles, Brewer, 1894)

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