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[neel] /nil/
a male given name: from an Irish word meaning “champion.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • "Neil is out there waiting for me in a small boat," he continued, pointing beyond Obadiah's to the lake.

    The Courage of Captain Plum James Oliver Curwood
  • Neil Kittrell left the office of the Morning Telegraph in a daze.

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  • In the pleasant mid-day light under the maples, Mr. and Mrs. Neil Cornish were hurrying toward the railway station.

    Miss Lulu Bett Zona Gale
  • For Neil O'Brien, indeed, that gesture was the turning-point of existence.

  • Neil Stewart laid her words to heart, and the ensuing week brought to pass some radical changes.

    Peggy Stewart at School Gabrielle E. Jackson
Word Origin and History for Neil

surname and masc. proper name, from Gaelic/Old Irish Niall "champion." Picked up by the Vikings in Ireland (as Njall), brought by them to Iceland and Norway, thence to France, from which place it was introduced in England at the Conquest. Incorrectly Latinized as Nigellus on mistaken association with niger "black," hence Nigel.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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