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Gender: M Meaning of Nigel: "dark, black-haired" Origin of Nigel: Irish

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A name that Yanks might see as overly British, but combined with the right surname, it does have a measure of Sherlock Holmesian dash via Nigel Bruce, who played the original Dr. Watson to Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes.

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Famous People Named Nigel

Nigel Hawthorne, English actor
Nigel Bradham, American NFL football player
Nigel Barker, English photographer
Nigel Dempster, 1941-2007, British gossip columnist
Nigel Bruce, British actor who originally played Dr. Watson in Sherlock Holmes films.

Pop Culture References for the Name Nigel

Nigel Thornberry, the father on The Wild Thornberrys
Dr. Nigel Fenway, from the TV series "Threshold"
Nigel Baker, one of Steve Martin's twelve children in "Cheaper by the Dozen"
Dr. Nigel Townsend, character on the tv show "Crossing "Jordan"
Nigel, antagonist cockatoo in the animated movie "Rio"
The name of a pelican in the animated movie "Finding Nemo"
Nigel Tufnel - lead guitarist of Spinal Tap

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Nigel's International Variations

Niguel (Spanish)