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Meaning and name origin

Neil \neil\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Neal , Neale, Neall, Nealle, Nealon, Neel, Neilan, Neile, Neill, Neille, Neils, Nels , Nial, Niall, Niel, Nile, Niles and Oneal .

For more information, see also related boy names Niels and Cornelius.

There are 4 feminine forms of Neil: Neila, Neilina, Nilsine and Nyla.


Neil is a very popular first name for males (#234 out of 1220, Top 19%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2884 out of 88799, Top 3%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Neil for boys. Neil reached its highest rank of #170 in the U.S. in 1950-1959. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Neil and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Nelson (#642), Neil (#655), Oneal, Cornelius, Niles, Neal, Niall and Nels. (2014 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Neil is also pronounced similarly to Newel, Noel and Noll. Other suggested similar baby names are Neely and Nevil. These names tend to be less commonly used than Neil.