Meaning and Origin of: Civil

Family name origins & meanings

  • French, Catalan, and Spanish : nickname from civil, from Latin civilis ‘civil’, ‘of or pertaining to a citizen’, by extension ‘cultivated’, ‘educated’. However, in Spanish the term also meant ‘wicked’ or ‘rude’ and the nickname may have come from either of these senses.
  • Catalan : topographic name from Old Frenchsevil ‘fence’, ‘enclosure’.