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pinWhat does Neil mean?

Neil /neil/ as a boys' name is pronounced neel. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Neil is "champion".

Scottish variant of Niall. Also possibly "cloud" and "passionate". The most famous Celtic king of Ireland was Niall of the Nine Hostages. See also Nelson and Nyles. Astronaut Neil Armstrong; singers Neil Diamond, Neil Young; playwright Neil Simon; actor Sam Neill.


Neil has 18 variants: Neal, Neale, Neall, Nealle, Nealon, Neel, Neilan, Neile, Neill, Neille, Neils, Nels, Nial, Niall, Niel, Nile, Niles and Oneal.

Related boy names: Niels and Cornelius.

Neil has 2 more different relations via Nelson: Neilson and Nils.

Neil has 4 feminine forms: Neila, Neilina, Nilsine and Nyla.

Kreatif forms: Naneil, Neilna. [more]

pinHow popular is Neil?

Neil is a very popular first name for males (#234 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#3544 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Neil for boys. Neil reached its peak rank of #170 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is presently at #655. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Neil name in U.S.

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

Cornelius, Neal, Nels, Nelson (#642 the previous year), Niall, Niles, Nils and Oneal are the prominent variation forms of Neil (#655 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of these relations of Neil was more pronounced among parents during 1900-1909 (average #589) and is somewhat less today (#921, 81%), with the versions Cornelius, Neal, Neil, Nels and Nelson becoming somewhat outmoded. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of Neil and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Neil, Cornelius, Neal, Nels, Nelson in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Niles, Nils, Oneal in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

Neil is alike in pronunciation to Newall, Newel, Newell, Noel, Noll, Nowel and Nowell. Other suggested similar baby names are Naim, Nebo, Ned, Neely, Ner, Nev, Nevil, Nevin, Nik and Njal. These names tend to be less frequently used than Neil.