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Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. 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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