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What does Neel mean?

Neel Pronunciation of Neel [neel] as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Neel) is a Latin and Irish name, and the meaning of Neel is "horn". Neel is an alternate form of Cornelius (Latin): from "cornu". Neel is also a form of Neal (Irish): form of Neil.

Associated with: irish.


Neel has 8 variants: Neale, Neall, Neile, Neill, Nial, Niall, Niel and Nile.

9 more relations via Cornelius, Neal, Neil: Nealle, Nealon, Neely, Neilan, Neille, Neils, Nels, Niles and Oneal.

Creative forms:
(male) Neen, Nerel, ..

(female) Nega, Neni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Neel Declan (N.D.), ..

How popular is Neel?

Neel is a rare first name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#4629 out of 150436, Top 3%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Neel was first listed in 1991 and reached its highest rank of #1216 in the U.S. in the year 2009, and is at #1652 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Neel name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Neel outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Neil (#639 last year), Cornelius (#1204), Neal (#1212), Nile, Oneal, Niel, Niles, Neill, Neale, Neely, Nels and Niall are the popular alternative forms of Neel (#1652 last year) listed in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Neel was common 85 years ago (average #1291) and has become significantly reduced since (#1746, 75.6%), with versions such as Neal becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Neel, Cornelius, Neal, Neale, Neely in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Neil, Neill, Nels, Niall, Niel in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nile, Niles, Oneal in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Neil, Niall outside U.S.

Similar Names

Neel is alike in pronunciation to Newall, Newel, Newell, Noel, Noll, Nowel and Nowell. Other suggested similar names are Abel, Acel, Adeel, Adel, Amel, Arel, Avel, Axel, Buel, Cael, Dael, Dekel, Del, Edel, Gael, Hevel, Jael, Jerel, Joel, Kael, Mel, Nabeel, Naeem, Naegel, Nagel, Nebo, Ned, Nemo, Neper, Ner, Nereo, Nev, Neven, Nevil, Nezer, Niels, Nigel, Nijel, Njal, Noe, Nye, Nygel, Orel, Peel, Reuel, Ruel, Steel, Udel, Yael and Yoel. These names tend to be more commonly used than Neel.

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