Meaning and Name Origin
Nigel \n(i)-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. Niguel (ni-GEL) is a Spanish variant. Actor Nigel Havers.
Nigel▼ has 1 more alternative form via Niall: Nial.
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. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Nigel for boys. Nigel was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its top position of #478 in the U.S. in 1994, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Nigel and associated names. Niall is the only other popular varying form of Nigel. These boy names reached the height of their popularity in the year 1994 and are now significantly less popular, with the version Nigel becoming less trendy. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)