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Origin and Meaning of Nyala

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun nyala
A spiral-horned South African antelope (Tragelaphus angasi) with a fringe of white hairs along back and neck.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Spiral-horned South African antelope with a fringe of white hairs along back and neck
  2. City in Sudan

Probably a borrowing from Tsonga nyala. The alternative form is from Zulu inyala.

  1. A southern African antelope, Tragelaphus angasii (syn. Nyala angasii), with thin white stripes in the grey or brown coat, a ridge of tufted hair running all along the spine, and long horns with a spiral twist.

nyala was also found in the following language(s): Indonesian

Notable Persons Named Nyala

Nyala Rinpoche Rigdzin Changchub Dorje is a religious.


Fun Facts about the name Nyala

  • How Popular is the name Nyala? Nyala is the 24,018th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Nyala have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 249 babies born with the first name Nyala in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nyala 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 Nyala? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1987 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • What year had the most people named Nyala born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nyala was in 2009 with a total of 18 babies.
  • Random Nyala Factoid: According to the 2008 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nyala is not a popular baby girl's name in New York. Imagine that, only 5 babies in New York have the same name as you in 2008.
  • Weird things about the name Nyala: Your name in reverse order is Alayn. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lanya. 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.
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