Neil

Neil

[neel]
noun
a male given name: from an Irish word meaning “champion.”
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Neil
surname and masc. proper name, from Gael./O.Ir. Niall "champion." Picked up by the Vikings in Ireland (as Njall), brought by them to Iceland and Norway, thence to France, introduced in England at the Conquest. Incorrectly Latinized as Nigellus on mistaken association with niger "black," hence Nigel.
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