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What does Niall mean?

Niall Pronunciation of Niall [niall] as a boys' name is pronounced NYE-al, NEE-al. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Niall is "champion". Source form of Neil, used mainly in Ireland. Historical: Niall of the Nine Hostages founded a dynasty of Irish kings. See also Nigel, Niles, and Nyles.

Associated with: irish, champion, kings.


Niall has 1 variant: Nial.

Related boy names: Conall and Eoghan.

18 more related forms via Neil, Nigel, Niles: Neal, Neale, Neall, Nealle, Nealon, Neel, Neile, Neill, Neille, Neils, Nels, Niel, Niguel, Nijel, Nile, Niles, Njal and Nygel.

Creative forms:
(male) Nizall, Noall, ..

(female) Nialli, Nilea, ..

Middle name pairings:
Niall Riley (N.R.), ..

How popular is Niall?

Niall is a rare first name for males. Niall is an equivalently rare surname too for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Niall entered the list in 1991 and reached its highest rank of #1789 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant form and related boy names. Eoghan, Neal (#1212 in 2015), Neale, Neel (#1652), Neil (#639), Neill, Nels, Niel, Nigel (#1106), Nile and Niles are the prominent related forms of Niall. Adoption of these relations of Niall reached its peak during 1950-1959 (usage of 0.15%) and has become much reduced since (usage 0.04%, 71%), with versions like Neal becoming less fashionable.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Neill, Nels, Niel, Nigel, Nile, Niles in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Niall is alike in pronunciation to Knoll, Newall, Newel, Newell, Newhall, Noel, Noll, Nowel and Nowell. Other suggested similar names are Beall, Bill, Gall, Gill, Hall, Hill, Lyall, Niaz, Nicol, Nicoll, Niels, Nils, Odall (see Odell), Pall, Peall, Sill, Till, Udall and Will. These names tend to be more frequently used than Niall.

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