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Neil 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 names Niels and Cornelius.

Baby names that sound like Neil are Noel, Neely, Newel and Noll.

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Popularity of Neil

Neil is a very popular first name for men (#234 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#2884 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).

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Popularity of name Neil
Popularity of Neil