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Civil Name Meaning
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 French sevil ‘fence’, ‘enclosure’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press