Anglicized spelling of Síle, the Irish Gaelic form of Cecily. This name has become so common and widespread that it is hardly felt to be Irish any longer. In Australia since the 19th century it has been a slang generic term for any woman.
English and Welsh: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jon(e) (see John). The surname is especially common in Wales and southern central England. In North America this name has absorbed various cognate and like-sounding surnames from other languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).