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What does Niven mean?

Niven Pronunciation of Niven [niv-en] as a boys' name has its root in Latin, and the name Niven means "holy, sacred; little bone; servant of the saint's disciple". Niven is a variant form of Nevin (Latin).

Associated with: little, servant, saint.


Niven has 3 variants: Nevan, Neven and Nevon.

2 more relations via Nevin: Nev and Nevins.

Creative forms:
(male) Nien, Nimen, ..

(female) Nivna, Nivnai, ..

Middle name pairings:
Niven Jon (N.J.), ..

How popular is Niven?

Niven is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#19272 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Nevan and Nevin are the prominent related forms of Niven (outside Top 2000). Other forms, like Nevins, are uncommon. These forms of Niven were favored by parents 11 years ago (median #1446). (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nevan, Nevin in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Niven and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Niven is alike in pronunciation to Navon. Other recommended names are Aiden, Aiken, Airen, Alven, Beven, Biren, Daven, Deven, Eiden, Elven, Even, Gaven, Girven, Haven, Irven, Iven, Jeven, Keven, Naren, Niel, Nigel, Nijel, Nile, Niles, Nisan, Nixon, Nolen, Novena, Raven, Rien, Simen, Sven, Teven, Vivien and Ziven. These names tend to be more commonly used than Niven.

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