Neil - boys name

Neil name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 77%

Neil name meaning:

The name Neil is of Irish and Gaelic origin. It is derived from the Gaelic name Niall, which means "champion" or "cloud". The name has ancient roots, and it is associated with strength, valor, and nobility. In Irish mythology, Niall of the Nine Hostages was a legendary High King of Ireland who led his people with great courage and wisdom.

The name Neil has a timeless and classic appeal. It is a strong and masculine name that exudes confidence and power. Boys named Neil are often seen as determined and ambitious individuals, striving for success in whatever they pursue. They are known for their leadership skills and ability to inspire others. The name Neil also carries a sense of mystery and depth, as it is associated with the enigmatic beauty of clouds. Overall, the name Neil embodies qualities of strength, bravery, and resilience, making it a fitting choice for parents looking for a name that symbolizes greatness and honor.

Origin: Celtic



Unisex names

Related names

Neil , Neelie, Neilan, Nielsine, Nyles

Other boys names beginning with N


Overall UK ranking: 1078 out of 4789

26 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (353)

Historical popularity of Neil

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