Neil Origin and Meaning

The name Neil is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "cloud".

Always the top spelling of the name; Neil peaked in the 1950s, but then enjoyed a second coming following the fame of such Neils as astronaut Armstrong and singers Sedaka, Diamond, and Young. Now semiretired.

# 811 in the US

Neil Rank in US Top 1000

# 736 on Nameberry

Neil Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Neil Popularity

Famous People Named Neil

  • Neil ArmstrongAmerican astronaut
  • Neil deGrasse TysonAmerican astrophysicist
  • Neil TennantEnglish singer
  • Neil SimonAmerican playwright
  • Neil DiamondAmerican musician
  • Neil YoungCanadian musician
  • Neil SedakaAmerican musician
  • Neil GaimanEnglish author
  • Neil Patrick HarrisAmerican actor
  • Neil PostmanAmerican media theorist and author
  • Neil ByrneIrish singer
  • Neil AbercrombieAmerican politician and governor of Hawaii
  • Neil LennonCeltic Football Club Manager.
  • Dustin Neil DiamondAmerican actor
  • Neil LaButeAmerican playwright and film director
  • Neil Mallon Pierce BushAmerican businessman
  • Neil CicieregaAmerican internet artist and comedian
  • Neil PeartCanadian drummer for the rock band Rush

Neil in Pop Culture

  • Neil Michael Wolowitzson of Howard and Bernadette on TV's "The Big Bang Theory"
  • Neil Marshallcharacter from "Ace Attorney"
  • Neil Jostencharacter from Nora Sakavic's "The Foxhole Court"
  • Neil Perrycharacter from "Dead Poets Society"
  • Neilmain character in the Rooster Teeth animated series "Camp Camp"
  • Neil “Space Kid” Armstrong Juniorcharacter in the Rooster Teeth animated series "Camp Camp"