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Gender: Male Meaning of Neville: "new town" Origin of Neville: French

The name Neville is a boy's name of French origin meaning "new town". Neville and is often added to lists like Names That Mean New Beginnings and discussed in our forums with posts like "ALPHABET Drop 2 Add 1 - Boys".

From the experts:

More often used in Britain than here, where most names ending in ville fall into the unthinkable class, this might make an exception via fans of the musical Neville Brothers.

Charles Dickens used the name for a character in his unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood.

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Famous People Named Neville

(Arthur) Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister
Neville Marriner, English conductor and violinist
(John Frederick) Neville Cardus, English sportswriter and critic
Neville Kenneth Wran, Australian politician; 35th Premier of New South Wales
Neville Southall, Welsh footballer
Neville Frederick Duke, British WWII flying ace
Neville Costigan, Australian Rugby league player
Neville (born Benjamin Satterley), American pro wrestler
Neville Lancelot Goddard (1905-1972), metaphysical author
Aaron Neville, American singer

Pop Culture References for the name Neville

Neville Longbottom, character in "Harry Potter"
Nevel Papperman, character in TV's "iCarly"
The Neville Brothers, a soul & funk music group

Nevyle, Nevile, Nev, Nevil


kittylover777 Says:


Why would that make it a bad name? I think that lots of kids that are reading harry potter now might name their son Neville. He's a great character, and kills Nagini for heaven's sake! Who doesn't want to be like him? And the best part of it is, is that no one sees it at first - he's a hidden gem. !

kittylover777 Says:


Go Neville!!

Tillie_Jay Says:


Neville Longbottom was literally my favorite Harry Potter character. He was awkward and adorable and ended up saving everyone's asses in the end! Neville is a great name!

georgiaO Says:


I love Neville Longbottom so much. Ok, I think I'm saying that too much! <3

georgiaO Says:


You described Neville Longbottom so well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3

georgiaO Says:


OMG yes! Neville Longbottom is the best character in anything EVER! I love him!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3

Swangirl Says:


Definitely connected to Harry Potter, but I don't see that as a bad thing! Neville Longbottom is awesome!!

headintheclouds Says:


My first associations with this name are Neville Longbottom and Neville Chamberlain.

My impression of someone named Neville is a blend of the Harry Potter character/his actor Matt Lewis. A good person, might be a little geeky or awkward, a total sweetheart who is this handsome, wonderful, honorable guy that's your little secret for a while before others start to see it too- best part is, you were there to see his appeal first! I want me a real-life Neville...

So anyway, I don't think the Harry Potter association is necessarily a bad thing, at least in my view. :)

hellogoodbye111 Says:


This name will be fine until every kid starts reading Harry Potter

mabespark Says:


IMO, this has too much connection to Harry Potter.