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Neil

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102k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Neil

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

Wiktionary

Anglicized form of Goidelic Niall.

  1. A male given name.
  2. A surname​ derived from the given name.

Notable Persons Named Neil

Neil Gorsuch is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Neil was born on August 29th, 1967 in Denver.

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Neil Armstrong is a naval aviation and test pilot. He holds the title That's one small step for [a] man and one giant leap for mankind".

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Neil Young is a rock music, folk music, and country music musician. He plays Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Old Black, Martin D-45, Neil Young, Gretsch White Falcon, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1960. Neil was given the name Neil Percival Young on November 12th, 1945 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Neil is also known as Bernard Shakey, Phil Perspective, Shakey Deal, Clyde Coil, Ol' Neil, Joe Canuck, Joe Yankee, Marc Lynch, and Pinecone Young.

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Neil Gaiman is a fantasy, horror, science fiction, and dark fantasy novelist, graphic novelist, screenwriter, and graphic novel. He has had major accomplishments since 1980. Neil was given the name Neil Richard Gaiman on November 10th, 1960 in Portchester, Hampshire, England.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is a scientist in the fields of astrophysics, physical cosmology, and science communication. Neil was born on October 5th, 1958 in Manhattan, New York City, U.S.

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Neil Patrick Harris is an actor, producer, singer, comedian, magician, and television host. He was most active from 1988 to present. Neil was born on June 15th, 1973 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Neil

Vince Neil is a heavy metal music, hard rock, and glam metal musician. He was most active from 1981 to present. Vince was given the name Vincent Neil Wharton on February 8th, 1961.

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Andrew Neil is a bbc television presenter, journalist, chairman: press holdings, bbc, press holdings, bbctelevision presenter, and chairman:press holdings. Andrew was given the name Andrew Ferguson Neil on May 21st, 1949 in Paisley.

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Simon Neil is an alternative rock and post-hardcore singing, songwriter, and record producer. He plays Human voice, Guitar, Bass guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Sitar, Piano, Saxophone, Harmonica, Melodica, Mellotron, and Synthesizer. He has been prominent since 1995. Simon was given the name Simon Alexander Neil on August 31st, 1979 in Irvine, North Ayrshire.

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Eleanor Coppola is a filmmaker, artist, and writer. She has had major accomplishments since 1963. Eleanor was given the name Eleanor Jessie Neil on May 4th, 1936 in Los Angeles.

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Steven M. Neil is an executive officer and business executive.

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Alex Neil is an athlete for the Norwich City F.C., Dunfermline Athletic F.C., Airdrieonians F.C. (1878), Barnsley F.C., Mansfield Town F.C., and Hamilton Academical F.C. Alex was born on June 9th, 1981 in Bellshill, Scotland.

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

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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 974 6 968
1938 1,066 0 1,066
1939 1,076 8 1,068
1940 1,067 0 1,067
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 1,461 0 1,461
1948 1,413 7 1,406
1949 1,475 0 1,475
1950 1,606 0 1,606
1951 1,763 7 1,756
1952 1,908 7 1,901
1953 1,941 9 1,932
1954 1,963 5 1,958
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 1,449 0 1,449
1961 1,525 0 1,525
1962 1,289 0 1,289
1963 1,446 0 1,446
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 1,060 5 1,055
1969 1,694 11 1,683
1970 1,583 14 1,569
1971 1,434 7 1,427
1972 1,310 6 1,304
1973 1,302 6 1,296
1974 1,330 6 1,324
1975 1,345 11 1,334
1976 1,359 8 1,351
1977 1,436 5 1,431
1978 1,540 10 1,530
1979 1,493 5 1,488
1980 1,361 12 1,349
1981 1,345 13 1,332
1982 1,354 10 1,344
1983 1,238 12 1,226
1984 1,129 6 1,123
1985 1,216 11 1,205
1986 1,159 7 1,152
1987 1,084 6 1,078
1988 1,006 7 999
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
2016 422 0 422

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Popularity of Neil as a first name

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Popularity of Neil as a last name

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Common last names for Neil

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Campbell
  • Nelson
  • Wilson
  • Williams
  • Thompson
  • Davis
  • Sullivan
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • Peterson
  • Macdonald
  • Taylor
  • Wright

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Neil U.S.
  White 80.09% 64.26%
  African American 13.68% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.15% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.46% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.12% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.49% 16.26%

Of Last Name Neil

People with the last name Neil are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Neil

  • How Popular is the name Neil? Neil is the 629th most popular name of all time. As a last name Neil was the 3,496th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Neil have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 102,097 babies born with the first name Neil in the United States. That's more than enough people named Neil to occupy the territory of Aruba (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 101,484 (as of September 29, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Neil? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 25 new born babies.
  • When was Neil first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Neil is Friday, February 18th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Neil born? The highest recorded use of the first name Neil was in 1954 with a total of 1,958 babies. That's a lot of babies named Neil!
  • Random Neil Factoid: According to the 1944 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Neil ranks 92nd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 21 babies in Connecticut have the same name as you in 1944.
  • Weird things about the name Neil: Your name in reverse order is Lien. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nlei. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Neil? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,228 people with the last name Neil.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Neil? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Neil as their last name.

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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).
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