Gender: Female Meaning of Nigella: "black" Origin of Nigella: Feminine variation of Nigel; botanical name from Latin

Nigella Origin and Meaning

The name Nigella is a girl's name meaning "black".

A name that sounded unthinkably priggish until it became attached to Domestic Goddess British TV chef Nigella Lawson (named for her father), who gave it a big dollop of glamour.

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Enemyline Says:



AldabellaxWulfe Says:


I actually find it priggish_because_ of Nigella Lawson. She sort of ruins the elegant and classical majesty of the name with her sexual cooking innuendos and whatnot. Still, it is a lovely name.

indiefendi2 Says:


I prefer Nigelle. Nigella reminds me of Nutella and Jell-o.

lesliemarion Says:


Nigella is a luscious name. I love Nigel too, though it sounds a bit more persnickety. Nigella is also the name of a lovely flowering plant, Love in a Mist (or Devil in a Fog).

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


So pretty!