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

The name Nils is a boy's name of Norwegian origin. Nils and discussed in our forums with posts like "Picky Parents BNG".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Nils

Nils Asther, Swedish actor
Nils Allen Stewart Sr., American stuntman and actor
Nils Allen "BooBoo" Stewart, American actor
Nils Haugen, American politician
Nils Patrik Johansson, heavy metal vocalist
Nils Bergstrom, Swedish ice hockey player
Nils-Joel Englund, Swedish cross-country skier
Nils Ericson, Swedish inventor and engineer
Nils Frykdahl, American musician
Nils Liedholm, Swedish footballer and coach
Nils Lofgren, American musician
Nils Petersen, German footballer
Nils Trygg, Swedish woodcarver
Nils Luderowski, Swedish-American architect

Pop Culture References for the name Nils

Nils, fictional bard in the Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken video game
Nils Holgersson, main character of "The Wonderful Adventures of Nils," a novel by Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf
Nils, character in Double Fines video game, Psychonauts



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?