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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 is a somewhat popular first name for males (#886 out of 1220) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nigel for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Nigel and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Niall and Nigel. (2014 statistics).
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