"dark, black-haired"

Nigel Origin and Meaning

The name Nigel is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "dark, black-haired".

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 Colin McCreryEnglish author, screenwriter, and TV/film producer ('Silent Witness', 'New Tricks', 'All the King's Men')
  • Nigel Barnard HawthorneEnglish actor
  • Nigel LythgoeEnglish TV producer and judge ("So You Think You Can Dance")
  • Nigel BradhamAmerican NFL football player
  • Nigel BarkerEnglish photographer and TV personality
  • Nigel Richard Patton DempsterBritish gossip columnist
  • (William) Nigel Ernle BruceEnglish actor
  • Nigel Ernest James MansellEnglish racing driver
  • Nigel BondEnglish snooker player
  • Nigel KennedyEnglish violinist
  • Nigel Paul FarageEnglish MEP and leader of the Independence Party
  • Nigel Howard CloughEnglish footballer and manager
  • Nigel David ShortEnglish chess champion
  • Nigel McGuinness (born Steven Haworth)English pro wrestler
  • Nigel MarvenBritish wildlife documentary producer and actor, Walking With Dinosaurs

Nigel in Pop Culture

  • Nigel Thornberrydad on animated series "The Wild Thornberrys"
  • Nigel Bottomcharacter in musical "Something Rotten"
  • Dr. Nigel Fenwaycharacter on TV's "Threshold"
  • Nigel Bakerboy in film "Cheaper by the Dozen"
  • Dr. Nigel Townsendcharacter on TV's "Crossing "Jordan"
  • Nigelcockatoo in the animated movie "Rio"
  • Nigelpelican in Pixar's "Finding Nemo"
  • Nigel Tufnellead guitarist of fictional band Spinal Tap
  • Nigel Uno (a.k.a. Numbah One)one of the main characters on Codename: Kids Next Door
  • Nigel Pinchleycharacter on an episode of TV's "Family Guy"
  • Nigel Wickcharacter on the hit ABC Sitcom "The Drew Carey Show"

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