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What does Nils mean?

Nils Pronunciation of Nils as a name for boys is of Greek origin, and the name Nils means "people of victory". Nils is a version of Nelson: version of Neil. Nils is also a variant of Nicholas (Greek).


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, victory


VARIANTS Niles, Niels, Nels, Neils

RELATED FORMS VIA NELSON, NICHOLAS Colas, Cole, Neilson, Nelsen, Nic, Nichols, Nick, Nicklas, Nicky, Nicol, Nicola, Nicolas, Nicoli, Nicolis, Nicoll, Nicolls, Nicolo, Nik, Niki, Nikki, Nikky, Niklaas, Niklas, Niklos, Nikolas, Nikolos, Nikos, Nilos, Nilson, Nilsson




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How popular is Nils?

Nils is a rare first name for males. Nils is also a rare last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Nils reached its highest rank of #1273 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Popular varying forms of Nils ranked in the Top 2000 are Cole (#118 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Nels, Nelson (#671), Nicholas (#74), Nichols, Nick (#1415), Nicklas, Nicky, Nicola, Nicolas (#192), Niels, Nikki, Niklas, Nikolas (#553) and Niles. Other variants, like Neils, are seldom used. These forms of Nils reached the peak of their popularity 2 decades ago (MEDIAN #1293) and have become much less widespread since (#1438, 67%), with versions such as Nick becoming less fashionable. Nicolas is the most trendy name for newborns here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nils, Cole, Nels, Nelson, Nicholas in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nichols, Nick, Nicklas, Nicky, Nicola in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nicolas, Niels, Nikki, Niklas, Nikolas, Niles in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nils, Cole, Nicholas, Nicolas, Niklas outside U.S.

Similar Names

Nils is alike in pronunciation to Nyles. Other recommended sound-alike names are Mills, Neil, Neile, Neill, Nial, Niall, Niaz, Nico, Nicos, Niel, Niko, Nile, Noll, Sills and Wills. These names tend to be more frequently used than Nils.

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