What does Nigel mean?
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 1 more alternative form via Niall: Nial.Kreatif forms: Newgel, Nugel. [more]
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)
Shown below is the baby name history 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. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)
Niall is the only other popular varying form of Nigel appearing in the Top 1000. These relations of Nigel reached the height of their popularity in 1994 (usage of 0.261%) and are now less common, with the version Nigel becoming less trendy.
Nigel▼ is pronounced similarly to Naegel. Other recommended similar baby 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.