Last name origins & meanings:
- Welsh (Monmouthshire): from the Old Welsh personal name
Seisyllt, an altered form of the Latin name Sextilius, a
derivative of Sextus meaning ‘sixth’. The spelling has been
modified as a result of folk etymological association with the Latin
name C(a)ecilius, a derivative of caecus ‘blind’.
- The great and powerful English Cecil family first came to
prominence with David Cecil, a Monmouthshire gentleman who espoused
the cause of Henry Tudor and came to court in London after the latter
became king in 1485. His grandson William Cecil, Lord Burghley
(1520–98), was Elizabeth I’s chief adviser for 40 years, and his
descendants have remained politically powerful and culturally
influential in Britain ever since. They were originally minor Welsh
gentry; their name is found in a variety of forms, including
Sitsylt, Ceyssel, and Sisseld.
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