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What does Nigel mean?

Nigel /ni-gel/ as a boys' 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. Actor Nigel Havers.


Nigel has 5 variants: Nigellus, Niguel, Nijel, Njal and Nygel.

Nigel has 1 more alternative form via Niall: Nial.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Newgel, Nigeli, ..

(female) Nigelly, Ninel, ..

How popular is Nigel?

Nigel is a somewhat popular first name for men (#886 out of 1220, Top 73%) but a rare last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the baby name history of Nigel for boys. Nigel was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its top position of #478 in the U.S. in 1994, and is currently at #1215. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Niall is the only other popular varying form of Nigel (#1215 in 2014) appearing in the Top 2000. These relations of Nigel reached the height of their popularity in 1994 (usage of 0.02%) and are now significantly less common (usage 0.01%, 66%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nigel, Niall in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Nigel is pronounced similarly to Naegel. Other recommended names are Airel, Angel, Fidel, Miguel, Mikel, Nagel, Neel, Newel, Nicol, Niel, Niels, Nikhel, Nile, Niles, Niven, Noel, Nowel, Rigel and Videl. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nigel.