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Neil

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54k Neal (Irish)

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 25 0 25
1881 6 0 6
1882 19 0 19
1883 23 0 23
1884 23 0 23
1885 26 0 26
1886 24 0 24
1887 21 0 21
1888 23 0 23
1889 28 0 28
1890 29 0 29
1891 25 0 25
1892 36 0 36
1893 28 0 28
1894 30 0 30
1895 31 0 31
1896 47 0 47
1897 26 0 26
1898 35 0 35
1899 26 0 26
1900 50 0 50
1901 32 0 32
1902 28 0 28
1903 28 0 28
1904 41 0 41
1905 42 0 42
1906 37 0 37
1907 42 0 42
1908 55 0 55
1909 43 0 43
1910 54 0 54
1911 58 0 58
1912 151 0 151
1913 184 0 184
1914 232 0 232
1915 289 0 289
1916 380 5 375
1917 356 0 356
1918 367 8 359
1919 366 0 366
1920 497 8 489
1921 504 7 497
1922 495 6 489
1923 508 0 508
1924 547 6 541
1925 568 5 563
1926 607 7 600
1927 609 0 609
1928 701 6 695
1929 704 7 697
1930 832 7 825
1931 888 6 882
1932 938 6 932
1933 1,004 8 996
1934 960 7 953
1935 859 0 859
1936 914 0 914
1937 973 6 967
1938 1,066 0 1,066
1939 1,075 8 1,067
1940 1,066 0 1,066
1941 1,074 0 1,074
1942 1,106 5 1,101
1943 1,155 0 1,155
1944 1,140 0 1,140
1945 1,216 5 1,211
1946 1,343 0 1,343
1947 1,462 0 1,462
1948 1,412 7 1,405
1949 1,476 0 1,476
1950 1,605 0 1,605
1951 1,763 7 1,756
1952 1,908 7 1,901
1953 1,943 9 1,934
1954 1,961 5 1,956
1955 1,788 5 1,783
1956 1,754 5 1,749
1957 1,682 8 1,674
1958 1,716 7 1,709
1959 1,642 5 1,637
1960 1,448 0 1,448
1961 1,524 0 1,524
1962 1,290 0 1,290
1963 1,447 0 1,447
1964 1,537 6 1,531
1965 1,319 0 1,319
1966 1,225 0 1,225
1967 1,156 0 1,156
1968 1,063 5 1,058
1969 1,694 11 1,683
1970 1,584 14 1,570
1971 1,434 7 1,427
1972 1,310 6 1,304
1973 1,302 6 1,296
1974 1,331 6 1,325
1975 1,346 11 1,335
1976 1,359 8 1,351
1977 1,435 5 1,430
1978 1,540 10 1,530
1979 1,492 5 1,487
1980 1,361 12 1,349
1981 1,344 13 1,331
1982 1,353 10 1,343
1983 1,239 12 1,227
1984 1,129 6 1,123
1985 1,215 11 1,204
1986 1,158 7 1,151
1987 1,084 6 1,078
1988 1,005 7 998
1989 1,035 9 1,026
1990 1,033 5 1,028
1991 916 0 916
1992 791 0 791
1993 783 0 783
1994 702 0 702
1995 678 0 678
1996 578 0 578
1997 526 0 526
1998 489 0 489
1999 489 0 489
2000 460 0 460
2001 443 0 443
2002 381 0 381
2003 383 0 383
2004 338 0 338
2005 379 0 379
2006 396 0 396
2007 305 0 305
2008 326 0 326
2009 396 0 396
2010 342 0 342
2011 358 0 358
2012 391 0 391
2013 393 0 393
2014 397 0 397
2015 413 0 413

Want to know about the popularity of the Neil baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 101,672 babies born with the name Neil in the United States. That's more than enough Neils to occupy the territory of Aruba (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 101,484 (as of September 29, 2010). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 25 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Neil" was in 1954 with a total of 1,956 babies. (That's a lot of baby Neils)

According to the 1933 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Neil" ranks #90 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Wisconsin. Imagine that, 49 babies in Wisconsin have the same name as you in 1933. Across the entire United States a total of 1,004 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Neil" mean? The list below shows the origins of Neil as well as things modernly associated with the name Neil such as celebrities named Neil.

Origin and Meaning of Neil

The name "Neil" is of Irish origin, and it means "Champion or Passionate". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Neil Patrick Harris

Neil Patrick Harris is an actor, writer, producer, and director with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1988 to present. Neil was born in 1973 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.

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Neil Young

Neil Young is a musician, singer-songwriter, producer, and director specializing in rock, folk, and country music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1960 to present. Neil was born in 1945 as Neil Percival Young in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong is an astronaut. Neil was born in 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, U.S.

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Neil Diamond

Neil Diamond is a singer-songwriter specializing in pop, rock, folk, and country music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1962 to present. Neil was born in 1941 as Neil Leslie Diamond in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

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Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaiman is a novelist, graphic novelist and screenwriter. Neil was born in 1960 as Neil Richard Gaiman in Portchester, Hampshire, England.

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Neil Flynn

Neil Flynn is an actor and comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1982 to present. Neil was born in 1960 as Neil Richard Flynn in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Neil

Neil Degrasse Tyson
Neil Peart
Neil Olshey

Alternative Meanings

N is for nice, need I say more?

E is for extra, those little things you do!

I is for ignite, the fire in you!

L is for luxury, the luxury of your smile.

Your name in reverse order is "Lien". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Ilen". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Neil born Nov 28, 1922

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Hungary approximately on 1775. Your profession was leader, major, and captain.

Psychologically, you were timid, constrained, and quiet. You had creative talents, waited until that life to be liberated. Sometimes environment considered you strange. Your main lesson in present - to develop magnanimity and feeling of brotherhood. Try to become less adhered to material property and learn to have only as many, as you may give back.

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