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Nigel, the name

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 12:05 pm
by Chris P

a Gaelic origin name, via the Norsemen

Niall (from which Nigel comes) "is a male given name of Irish origin, thought to mean "champion" (derived from the Old Irish word niadh meaning warrior or champion). It could also mean "cloud", "passionate" or "avid" " (wikipedia)

"The name is derived from the Latin Nigellus. This Latin word would at first sight seem to derive from the Latin niger, meaning "black"; however this is now considered an example of an incorrect etymology created by French-speaking clerics, who knew Latin as well, to translate the Norman first name Neel in the Latin written documents. The Latin word nigellus gave birth to Old French neel (modern nielle), meaning “niello, black enamel” and it explains the confusion, because the clerics believed it was the same etymology as the first name Neel, spelled the same way.[4]

The Old Norman first name Neel (modern surname Néel) derives from the Norse Njáll. The Norse Njáll, in turn, is derived from the Gaelic Niall.[5]"

Re: Nigel, the name

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 11:19 am
by john poole

Re: Nigel, the name

PostPosted: Fri Aug 18, 2017 6:12 pm
by AndyM