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I like this name. I've been seeing online references lately though of people referring to random men as a 'Nigel,' and I didn't know what it meant until I looked it up just now. I'm sorry to see that this name has been poked fun at (e.g., calling someone a 'Nigel No Friends'). It's a nice name.
iridian  10/16/2019
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Nigel means dark. It also means champion. People with this name are said to be self conscious, spiritual, highly imaginative and idealistic. They are introverts (according to an English dictionary a Nigel is a person, usually male, who is unpopular with their peers and are socially introverted). I created a myth called darkism before I realized that Nigel actually means dark. Thus, the myth can be called nigelism (darkism). Likening myself to catholic saints such as Saint Mary, Saint Joseph e.t.c, I called myself SaintDark before I realised that Nigel means dark. Therefore, SaintDark may mean SaintNigel. Although I at times try to change my personality, I keep on finding myself going back to being an indoor person or someone who uses the library very much researching on almost everything. I really need my time alone and personal space, which means I am an introvert and that's what a Nigel is. Surprisingly I have been this since my early age yet I did it without noticing. I just felt I am being me nothing much. Although I talk, link and associate with a lot of people. I am that type of a person who can greet everyone in the hood but to be honest I have only a few people that I can say are my close friends. I do not have anyone I call a best friend (search Nigel-no-friends). This means I am very social and I choose when to be extrovert and outgoing. I do not lack social skills but I am an introvert who chooses to be extrovert at times. I guess you know the right word for this type of personality, ambivert. Name meaning sites suggests that a Nigel is a highly social person who is also in constant need of enough "me" time. An ambivert I guess. Nigel can also mean a black haired person and yes I am an African and my birth name is Nigel. I am a champion who played cricket and became the captain before I quit on the sport. Last year, 2018, I wrote and released a socio-political rap hiphop storytelling poet that went viral and influenced massively such that even the opposition party leader ended up arranging a private meeting with me. The funny party is I did the song for funny kikkk. Nigel!
Naji  9/3/2019
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"Making Plans for Nigel" is a song by the English rock band XTC.
― Anonymous User  3/7/2019
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I like it, but as an American it sounds too British for me to ever use. I have only ever met one Nigel (he was American however) and I hate to say but he was a jerk. I won't let that ruin the name for me though, I still think it sounds interesting and cool.
― Anonymous User  9/5/2018
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I dislike this name. It's a stereotype name.
kayisforkeen  8/21/2018
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My boyfriend is called Nigel and I was attracted to the name because it sounds sweet, in fact I am in love with the name. We even planned to name our first born which is gonna be a boy after his father. I'm a Ghanaian and am proud of the name, I think Nigel should be given to dark guys because it fits them.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2018
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This name is used to replace the name "Nate" on list III of the Atlantic hurricane season, which will be used in 2023.
XYKLONE  4/12/2018
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My eldest son's name is Nigel, who is an American. His name was praised by his grade school teachers. One thought of it as a very cool name and some others said it's very distinguished. His high school best friend told me that he wished his name was Nigel because it's cool and different. He said the typical American names are so boring. In school, his name always invited good conversation. My son is 37 now and still tells me on occasion how his name is a "Girl Magnet!". He loves his name and so do I, of course. The name means 'Dark, handsome Prince'... a coincidence to his looks, because he's dark and more beautiful than most women. Yeah, I think his look is the "Girl Magnet."
Janet  4/2/2018
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I like this name, it's one of my hamster's names.
nameaddictt  12/9/2016
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Honestly, I think the name is nice, but every time I come across it, I think of a British man fighting in South Africa long ago. Like it seems dated without being classic/ stuck in a certain time period.
flamingrubyred  11/21/2016
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Nigel Short (born 1965) is a famous English chess Grandmaster.
angolmois  6/23/2016
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The name Nigel was given to 173 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/22/2016
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We named our son Nigel. Born in the Midwest, we thought about it a lot. He is true to the meaning of his name; 'dark, free spirited,...'. Love the name and love him.
― Anonymous User  2/3/2016
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I think Nigel is a very nice name. Not "ugly" at all. It sounds cute. :3.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2015
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For me it's an okay name, but as a Brit I see it as quite an old man name. Nigel Farage backs this up even more: he's your classic, White British, 50-year-old man.
IsolationHedge  4/26/2015
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Nigel Farage is a British politician.
― Anonymous User  6/22/2014
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On the hit PBS cartoon Arthur, Nigel is the first name of the title character's teacher, Mr. Ratburn.
Ruta Graveolens  2/20/2014
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The name Nigel was given to 175 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/19/2013
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Nigel is the name of the pelican in Finding Nemo!
Strangak  5/23/2013
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It's okay but I prefer Rigel.
Bazinga  12/22/2011
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It would be cruel for parents to name a child Nigel today if it were expected he would spend any time in Australia, where the name is an insult.
vomiting  1/1/2010
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Nigel was my old dog's name. I'm American, but my parents are English and suggested it as a joke. I found the name suitable and somewhat funny since it doesn't really exist in the US as a "real" name. He looked like a Nigel, kinda scruffy and wiry, but dignified at the same time. Good name for a pet. Probably not for a child. ;)
Tiger-LilyFP  11/29/2009
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"Nigel No Friends" - Aussie slang for someone without any friends, someone who's alone. My mum uses this one a lot, e.g. "Yeah, she's a bit of a Nigel. Her whole family's gone to Europe for Christmas."
Mondays Child  12/16/2008
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I will always associate this name with a rather dorky looking tabby cat a friend own. Aside from that, it seems like a good name. I had thought that it was Biblical from the -el ending.
morrigans-wings  11/27/2008
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I adore this name. I am American, and my nephew is named this, so telling us that Americans CAN'T have this name is wrong and rude. I think the sound of this name is so cool, and sweet. My nephew is 15 and had never been teased about his name.
― Anonymous User  5/6/2008
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Ugh, I have never liked this name. It sounds like one of those elitist British names given to British boys who are sent to boarding schools. The sound is very unpleasant anyway.
slight night shiver  5/1/2008
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Nigel Wick was Drew's eccentric boss on "The Drew Carey Show", played by Craig Ferguson.
FMRadio  4/4/2008
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Nigel Glockler of Saxon.
Midgard666  11/10/2007
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If you're not English, you can't have this name. It's like a non-American being named Cliff. You're stuck as Clifford if you're English.
Midgard666  11/10/2007
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This is a very unique name. I would just name my son this since there seems to be so many Johns and Aidans out there, Nigel would stand out by far!
― Anonymous User  4/17/2007
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"Hello, I'm Nigel Thornberry..."

Wild Thornberries, Nickelodeon cartoon about a family that worked on a nature show. Nigel was the father and host of the show, and spoke in a very nasally voice, which is all I can think of when I hear this name.
Irish Pearl  12/22/2006
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There is an author named Nigel Robinson.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
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Nigel is a cool name for a boy. I don't think he would get laughed out of school if he lived in Canada or the US.
― Anonymous User  10/10/2006
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Nigel is the name of the Koala on the movie "The Wild".
― Anonymous User  10/10/2006
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Two famous bearers:
Nigel Uno, #1 on "Codename Kids Next Door"
Nigel Tufnul from "Spinal Tap"
Hailey2006  7/25/2006
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A famous bearer is Nigel Mansell, former F1 racing driver.
Nirvanna  7/6/2006
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I knew of one kid named Nigel that I went to school with here in Canada. He wasn't made fun of because of his name. He was actually a pretty cool kid.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2006
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I actually like this name. It sounds nice and isn't overused or fadish.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2006
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I like this name, it's very characteristically British. But it's so much so, I don't think I'd ever use it for an American child - he'd get laughed out of school.
― Anonymous User  6/14/2006
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Nigel Godrich is a famed record producer.
viper  5/28/2006
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I have always liked the sound of the name Nigel.
― Anonymous User  5/28/2006
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Nigel Tranter was a Scottish historian and writer - sometimes called 'Scotland's Storyteller'. I don't like it much though.
alimorag  4/12/2006
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This has got to be the ugliest name I have ever heard.
― Anonymous User  3/11/2006
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Nigel Barker is a fashion photographer, probably best known as one of the judges on the reality television show America's Next Top Model.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2006
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On the television show "Crossing Jordan", Nigel is the friend and fellow medical examiner of main character Jordan Cavanaugh.
sparrow90  5/12/2005
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I don't like this name. It sounds old-fashioned.
― Anonymous User  5/8/2005

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