- this week

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

The name Nigel is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "dark, black-haired". Nigel and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Dark and discussed in our forums with posts like "How many ____s do you know?".

From the experts:

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.

Find other names based on Nigel using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Nigel

Nigel Colin McCrery, English author, screenwriter, and TV/film producer ('Silent Witness', 'New Tricks', 'All the King's Men')
Nigel Barnard Hawthorne, English actor
Nigel Lythgoe, English TV producer and judge ("So You Think You Can Dance")
Nigel Bradham, American NFL football player
Nigel Barker, English photographer and TV personality
Nigel Richard Patton Dempster, British gossip columnist
(William) Nigel Ernle Bruce, English actor
Nigel Ernest James Mansell, English racing driver
Nigel Bond, English snooker player
Nigel Kennedy, English violinist
Nigel Paul Farage, English MEP and leader of the Independence Party
Nigel Howard Clough, English footballer and manager
Nigel David Short, English chess champion
Nigel McGuinness (born Steven Haworth), English pro wrestler
Nigel Marven, British wildlife documentary producer and actor, Walking With Dinosaurs

Pop Culture References for the name Nigel

Nigel Thornberry, dad on animated series "The Wild Thornberrys"
Nigel Bottom, character in musical "Something Rotten"
Dr. Nigel Fenway, character on TV's "Threshold"
Nigel Baker, boy in film "Cheaper by the Dozen"
Dr. Nigel Townsend, character on TV's "Crossing "Jordan"
Nigel, cockatoo in the animated movie "Rio"
Nigel, pelican in Pixar's "Finding Nemo"
Nigel Tufnel, lead guitarist of fictional band Spinal Tap
Nigel Uno (a.k.a. Numbah One), one of the main characters on Codename: Kids Next Door
Nigel Pinchley, character on an episode of TV's "Family Guy"

Nigele, Nigiel, Nyjil, Nigle, Nigil, Niegel, Nygel, Nigale, Nijel, Nigal, Nigell, Nyigel, Nye, Nygell

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'.