Gender Masculine
Scripts Νεῖλος(Ancient Greek)

Meaning & History

Greek name of the Nile River, possibly of Semitic origin meaning "river". In Greek mythology he was the god of the Nile, the son of Okeanos and Tethys.

This name was borne by a 5th-century saint who lived in the Sinai Peninsula. It was also borne by a 10th-century Byzantine saint, usually called Nilus in English, who established the monastery at Grottaferrata near Rome.

Related Names

VariantsNilus(Greek Mythology) Nilus(Late Greek)
Other Languages & CulturesNil(Belarusian) Nil(Catalan) Nilo(Italian) Nilo(Portuguese) Nil(Russian) Nilo(Spanish) Nil(Ukrainian)


Entry updated May 29, 2020