Gender: Male Origin of Nils: Scandinavian variation of Nicholas Meaning of Nicholas: Greek, "people of victory"

Nils Origin and Meaning

The name Nils is a boy's name of Norwegian origin.

Like Lars, Sven, Niels, and Nels, an unjustly neglected straightforward Scandinavian name. Surname Nilsson or the anglicized Nelson derives from Nils.

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kenzarty Says:


I had a childhood friend with this name. But he pronounced it nill-zz

katinka Says:


Love the simplicity and quiet strength of this name. No nickname required.

MaryKathryn Says:


Oh okay! Thanks! I don't exactly know how I feel about this name.

OpheliaFlora Says:


Like Neal with an s at the end.

namenerd8 Says:


@MaryKathryn I knew a guy named Nils and he pronounced it as NEELS

MaryKathryn Says:


How do you pronounce this?