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Nigel meaning and name origin
Nigel \n(i)-gel\ as a boy's name is pronounced NYE-jel. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Nigel is "champion". Variant of Niall. Also possibly (Latin) "black". The name traveled well. Niall in Ireland and Scotland became Njal in Scandinavia, became Latin form Nigellus in Normandy, then became Nigel in England. Niguel (ni-GEL) is a Spanish variant. Actor Nigel Havers.
Nigel has 5 variant forms: Nigellus, Niguel, Nijel, Njal and Nygel.
Baby names that sound like Nigel are Nagel, Naegel, Nicol and Nikhel.
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Popularity of Nigel
Nigel is a somewhat popular first name for men (#886 out of 1220) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people. (1990 U.S. Census)
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