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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Nuel

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  • A submission from Nigeria says the name Nuel means "With us" and is of African origin.
  • A submission from United States says the name Nuel means "I have seen God," and is of Biblical origin.
  • A user from Nigeria says the name Nuel is of Unknown origin and means "Gift of God".
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From Middle English newel, niwel (“right down”, adverb), from Old English nēol, nȳwol, nēowol, neowol, niwol, nihol (“precipitous, headlong, prone, prostrate, obscure, deep down, low, profound, abysmal”), of uncertain origin. Possibly a variant of nifol (“dark, gloomy, obscure”), from Proto-Germanic *nibulaz, *nebulaz (“mist, fog”), from Proto-Indo-European *nébʰelos, from Proto-Indo-European *nébʰos (“cloud, mist, moisture”); or more likely, from Proto-Germanic *nīhwulaz (“descending; low”), from Proto-Indo-European *kneygʷʰ- (“to tend; incline; lean toward; bend”), from Proto-Indo-European *ken- (“to press; pinch; kink”).

If derived from *nibulaz, then cognate with Dutch nevel (“mist, fog, haze”), German Nebel (“fog, mist, haze, nebula”), Icelandic nifl (“fog, darkness”), Icelandic njól (“mist, night, darkness”), Latin nebula (“fog, cloud, vapour”), Ancient Greek νέφος (néphos, “cloud”).

If derived from *nīhwulaz, then cognate with Old Frisian niwul, Middle Low German nīgel, nugel, nule, nūl (“forwards; forward over”), Middle Dutch niel (“thrown forward on the ground; prostrate”) (Modern Dutch nuul-, vernielen).

Notable Persons With the Last Name Nuel

Koffi Idowu Nuel is a comedian. Koffi was born on March 11th, 1977 in Nigeria.


Jean-Pierre was born on February 27th, 1847. He left this life on August 21st, 1920.


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Popularity of Nuel as a last name

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Fun Facts about the name Nuel

  • How Popular is the name Nuel? Nuel is the 38,491st most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Nuel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 88 babies born with the first name Nuel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nuel to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nuel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1916 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Nuel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nuel is Monday, October 13th, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Nuel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nuel was in 1926 with a total of 9 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Nuel: Your name in reverse order is Leun. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lneu. How do you pronounce that?

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