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What does Nigel mean?

Nigel Pronunciation of Nigel 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.

ASSOCIATED WITH Ni-, irish, champion, black (dark), scotland, scandinavia, england


VARIANTS Nigellus, Niguel, Nijel, Njal, Nygel


(male) Newgel, ..

(female) Nined, ..

Nigel Manuel (N.M.), ..

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)

Nigel was first listed in 1950-1959 and reached its top position of #478 in the U.S. in 1994, and is currently at #1106. (2015 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.

Which version is better?

Niall is the only other popular varying form of Nigel (#1106 IN 2015) 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%, 61%).

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 sound-alike 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.

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