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Origin and Meaning of Anil

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  • A user from United Kingdom says the name Anil is of Mongolian origin and means "Rain".
  • A user from India says the name Anil is of Sanskrit origin and means "Meaning of "Anil" is God of wind or wind. And in some ancient books anil means the gift of god and also hardwork of god.".
  • According to a user from Turkey, the name Anil is of Turkish origin and means "To be mentioned, to be remembered".
  • A submission from Canada says the name Anil means "Famous" and is of Turkish origin.
  • According to a user from India, the name Anil means "Wind god".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun An"il
A West Indian plant (Indigofera anil), one of the original sources of indigo; also, the indigo dye.

Etymology: F. anil, Sp. anīl, or Pg. anil; all fr. Ar. an-nīl, for al-nīl the indigo plant, fr. Skr. nīla dark blue, nīlī indigo, indigo plant. Cf. Lilac

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  1. Shrub of West Indies and South America that is a source of indigo dye
  2. A blue dye obtained from plants or made synthetically

From Middle French anil, Portuguese anil.

  1. The indigo shrub; or the indigo dye obtained from the plant.
  2. (organic chemistry) Any imine in which the N-radical is a phenyl (or substituted phenyl) group.

anil was also found in the following language(s): Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Anil

Anil Ambani is a chairman of anil dhirubhai ambani group, reliance anil dhirubhai ambani group, and chairman ofanil dhirubhai ambani group. Anil was born as the child of Dhirubhai Ambani on June 4th, 1959 in Mumbai.


Anil Kapoor is an actor, film producer, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to present. Anil was born as the child of Surinder Kapoor on December 24th, 1956 in Chembur Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.


Annu Kapoor is a film actor, anchor, and radio presenter. His most notable accomplishments were from 1979 to present. Annu was given the name Anil Kapoor on February 20th, 1956 in Bhopal.


Anil Kumble is a cricketer. Anil was born on October 17th, 1970 in Bengaluru, India.


Anil Dhawan is an actor. Anil was born in Delhi, India.


Yama Buddha is a hip hop music rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to 2007. Yama was given the name Anil Adhikari on May 30th, 1987 in Leguwa. Yama is also known as Yama Buddha.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Anil

Esther Anil is an actor and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2010. Esther was born in Wayanad district. Esther is also known as BABY.


Anil is a film director and director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1989 to present. Anil was born Anil in 1963 in Alappuzha.


P. Anil is a screenwriter and film director. His ongoing career started in 1985. P. was born in Kerala. P. is also known as Douthyam Anil.


Chandrakant Kumar Anil is a bureaucrat. Their most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. Chandrakant was born on December 31st, 1967.


Wais Anil is an athlete for the Real Afghan Kabul.


How popular is the baby name Anil in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1959 9 0 9
1960 7 0 7
1962 6 0 6
1963 9 0 9
1965 10 0 10
1966 6 0 6
1967 16 0 16
1968 16 0 16
1969 16 0 16
1970 14 0 14
1971 17 0 17
1972 18 0 18
1973 22 0 22
1974 39 0 39
1975 39 0 39
1976 26 0 26
1977 27 0 27
1978 33 0 33
1979 42 0 42
1980 33 0 33
1981 32 0 32
1982 30 0 30
1983 38 0 38
1984 34 0 34
1985 31 0 31
1986 24 0 24
1987 41 0 41
1988 25 0 25
1989 45 0 45
1990 37 0 37
1991 34 0 34
1992 25 0 25
1993 28 0 28
1994 22 0 22
1995 22 0 22
1996 19 0 19
1997 27 0 27
1998 26 0 26
1999 20 0 20
2000 28 0 28
2001 20 0 20
2002 16 0 16
2003 12 0 12
2004 9 0 9
2005 10 0 10
2006 10 0 10
2007 6 0 6
2008 12 0 12
2009 10 0 10
2010 10 0 10
2011 7 0 7
2012 6 0 6
2013 7 0 7
2014 5 0 5
2017 5 0 5
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Popularity of Anil as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Anil U.S.
  White 7.14% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 73.13% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.38% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 14.29% 16.26%

Of Last Name Anil

People with the last name Anil are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Anil

  • How Popular is the name Anil? Anil is the 9,720th most popular name of all time. As a last name Anil was the 67,126th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Anil have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,138 babies born with the first name Anil in the United States. That's more than enough people named Anil to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Anil? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1959 when it was given as a first name to 9 new born babies.
  • When was Anil first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Anil is Thursday, September 19th, 1901.
  • What year had the most people named Anil born? The highest recorded use of the first name Anil was in 1989 with a total of 45 babies.
  • Random Anil Factoid: According to the 1988 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Anil is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name as you in 1988.
  • Weird things about the name Anil: Your name in reverse order is Lina. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lani. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Anil? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 294 people with the last name Anil.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Anil? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Anil as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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