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Origin and Meaning of Nigella

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun nigella
any plant of the genus Nigella.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Any plant of the genus Nigella
  1. Any plant of the genus Nigella of about twelve species of annual flowering plants, the blooms of which are generally blue in colour but also found in shades of pink, white and pale purple.
  2. The seeds of the plant Nigella sativa, used as a culinary spice.

nigella was also found in the following language(s): Italian

Notable Persons Named Nigella

Nigella Lawson is a food writer, journalist, broadcaster, and food writing. She was most prominent from 1983 to present. Nigella was given the name Nigella Lucy Lawson by her parent Nigel Lawson on January 6th, 1960 in Wandsworth, London, England.


Fun Facts about the name Nigella

  • How Popular is the name Nigella? Nigella is the 50,075th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Nigella have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 42 babies born with the first name Nigella in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nigella? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2003 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Nigella first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nigella is Saturday, October 24th, 1903.
  • What year had the most people named Nigella born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nigella was in 2007 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Nigella: Your name in reverse order is Allegin. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lniaelg. How do you pronounce that?

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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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.