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I think this is one of the most beautiful names around so much so that I named my second son Niall. I have noticed it has became very popular recently. It is a common misconception that Niall is a form of Niel when in fact it is the other way round.
-- natalie11181  8/3/2005
I love this name too! It just seems so handsome and strong to me. Much nicer than Neil. I definitely wouldn't mind naming my son this.
-- celticmadwoman  9/25/2006
According to NameNerds.com, this is also used as an Irish form of Nigel.
-- Aqua  5/6/2007
Has no connection to Nigel nor is it an Irish 'version'. It is an old Irish name which stands on its own. Meaning is disputed, but some think it relates to an old-Irish and middle-Irish word 'to champion' or 'successful'. There are also those who suggest it may have its roots in a word which relates to 'vapour' or 'steam' - niallach.
-- niall  10/3/2007
Niall Ferguson, historian.
-- MoonAgeDaydreamer  2/24/2009
There is a character in Melissa Marrs books, Wicked Lovely and Ink Exchange named Niall. He was a solitary fey who worked with the Summer King until he fell in love with a human and left him. He then became the Dark King, taking Irial's place.
-- ema_kala  4/24/2009
Don't like it. This is a name used by Irish-American parents who won't accept any non-Irish names for their kids. Please, we're not in medieval Ireland anymore!
-- bananarama  6/30/2009
It's pronounced Ni as in it would rhyme with eye, and finished all as in it would rhyme with ball: Ni - all . It's a very popular name in the North and South of Ireland, I once watched a documentary that claimed it is one of only 4 male names that are originally Irish as most other popular Irish Male names descend from somewhere else. Famous Nialls are Niall Quinn, famous football player and manager of Sunderland FC, and Niall McDevitt, the Southern Irish Poet. Both you can Google.
-- naddingtonb  8/10/2009
Though the NIE-al pronunciation is common in Ireland, the only legit Irish (language) pronunciation is NEE-al. NIE-al is actually an English pronunciation.
-- Ailis  8/18/2009
Niall Matter plays Zane Donovan on the SyFy show Eureka, and pronounces the name Nile, like the river. He's pretty cute.
-- faye  5/16/2010
Niall Horan is an Irish member of the Uk-Irish boygroup, "One Direction".
-- damsel  2/21/2012
Reminds me of the Nile river and of course, the god awful band one direction.
-- Anonymous User  2/14/2013
I really like this name, it's a nice variant on a more common name, however I'd be afraid to use it right now. There would be the inevitable association with One Direction, and I feel like you'd have to constantly explain, "No, I'm not a One Direction fan, I just like the name." Plus, I prefer the pronunciation NEE-al, which would just complicate matters further.
Lovely name, unfortunate mainstream media connotation.
-- Anonymous User  6/26/2013
Think what you will about One Direction, but I think their parents have good taste in names. There's Niall Horan, who pronounces it like Nile, and the British actor/comedian Niall Ashdown, pronounced like Neil.
-- mrose19  8/1/2013
I can't stand this name because it reminds me of that jerk Niall Horan from One Direction.
-- Buneary  9/9/2013
My littlest is Niall. I say little, but he's 11. I have always loved the lyrical sound of gaelic names and we wanted a name that every third kid didn't have. I can't stand when there are 50 people named Ashley! I think the name Niall is lovely.
-- gortrixie  5/1/2014

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