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What does Nile mean?

Nile Pronunciation of Nile [nile] as a name for boys is of English origin, and Nile means "champion". Nile is an alternate form of Neil (Irish, Gaelic): Scottish transcription of Niall. Nile is also a form of Niles (English).

Associated with: champion.


Nile has 9 variants: Neal, Neale, Neall, Neel, Neile, Neill, Nial, Niall and Niel.

6 more different relations via Neil, Niles: Nealle, Neilan, Neille, Neils, Nels and Nyles.

Creative forms:
(male) Nale, Nise, ..

(female) Nime, Nine, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nile Keith (N.K.), ..

How popular is Nile?

Nile is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#49249 out of 150436, Top 33%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Nile entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its peak position of #1391 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Nile are Neil (#639 in 2015), Neal (#1212), Neel (#1652), Niles, Niel, Neill, Neale, Nels and Niall. Adoption of these relations of Nile was at its apex 65 years ago (average #1376) and has become significantly diminished since, with versions such as Neal becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nile, Neal, Neale, Neel, Neil in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Neill, Nels, Niall, Niel, Niles in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nile is pronounced similarly to Newel, Noel, Noll and Nowel. Other suggested similar names are Able, Bale, Bille, Caile, Cale, Cole, Daile, Dale, Emile, Erle, Gaile, Gale, Hale, Jule, Kaile, Kale, Kile, Kyle, Lale, Lisle, Lyle, Nagle, Nailer, Nate, Nevile, Niaz, Nic, Nick, Nico, Niels, Nigel, Nijel, Nik, Niki, Niko, Nilos, Nils, Niven, Noble, Noe, Nolen, Nye, Odile, Ole, Olle, Vaile, Vale, Virle, Wole, Yale, Yule and Zale. These names tend to be more commonly used than Nile.

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