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

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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Pop Culture References for the name Nigel

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Nigel's International Variations

Niguel (Spanish)


Zelliew Says:


I agree - That is the association in Australia

headintheclouds Says:


Super sweet name, one that feels more classic and everyone has heard of, but is more unusual and offbeat (maybe it's a different case for the British). I feel Nigel ages very well, but best suits an adorable, Victorian-era-ish dark-haired cherub of a little boy. + I have a lanky, goofy, easygoing friend named Nigel, so that's how I feel an adult Nigel would grow up to be like.

Nooshi Says:


This could actually work in Australia, were it not for the saying 'Nigel No Friends'.