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GenderMasculine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.NIE-jəl
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Meaning & History

From Nigellus, a medieval Latinized form of NEIL. It was commonly associated with Latin niger "black". It was revived in the 19th century, perhaps in part due to Sir Walter Scott's novel 'The Fortunes of Nigel' (1822).
VariantsNeal, Neil, Nigellus
Feminine FormNigella

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Entry updated October 11, 2012   Contribute