US Popularity:1684
Other Origin(s):Celtic, Scottish
Meaning:Champion; Passion; Cloud
Neil is a boy's name of Irish origin. It is an Anglicized version of Niall, which means "champion," "passionate," or even possibly "cloud." The name made its way to Irish shores in the form of Njall with the arrival of the Normans. In Scotland, Neil is a derivative of the surname McNeill. But this name’s historical significance doesn’t end with the Gaels. Famous people called Neil include first man on the moon Neil Armstrong and renowned singer-songwriter, Neil Young. With a name like Neil, you can teach baby to be their own champion and to honor their deeply rooted heritage in one fell swoop.

Famous People Named Neil

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Neil Armstrong
  • Neil Simon

Neil Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Neil is currently #1105 on The Bump
Boy:Neil is currently #607 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Neil is currently #1684 in U.S. births
Boy:Neil is currently #811 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 47
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
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