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What does Neils mean?

Neils Pronunciation of Neils [neils] as a name for boys. The meaning of the name Neils is "champion". Neils is a version of Neil (Irish, Gaelic): Scottish version of Niall. Neils is also a derivative of Nelson.

Associated with: champion.


Neils has 3 variants: Nels, Niles and Nils.

19 more related forms via Neil, Nelson: Neal, Neale, Neall, Nealle, Nealon, Nealson, Neel, Neilan, Neile, Neill, Neille, Neillson, Neilson, Nelsen, Nial, Niall, Niel, Nile and Nilson.

Creative forms:
(male) Nails, Nals, ..

(female) Neino, Neita, ..

Middle name pairings:
Neils Jericho (N.J.), ..

How popular is Neils?

Neils is an uncommonly occurring first name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#34630 out of 150436, Top 23%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Neal (#1212 from recent data), Neale, Neel (#1652), Neil (#639), Neill, Nels, Nelson (#631), Niall, Niel, Nile, Niles and Nils are the popular varying forms of Neils (not ranked) ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Neils was well-received during the years 1930-1939 (usage of 0.2%) and has become much diminished since (usage 0.06%, 72.3%), with versions such as Neil becoming less stylish. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Neal, Neale, Neel, Neil, Neill in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nels, Nelson, Niall, Niel, Nile in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Neils is pronounced similarly to Niels and Nyles. Other suggested similar names are Beals, Neely, Nevil, Nevile, Nevill, Nevins, Nilos and Wells. Like Neils, these names are not commonly used.

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