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Gender: Male Meaning of Niven: "little saint" Origin of Niven: Scottish

The name Niven is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "little saint". Niven and is often added to lists like Scottish Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Harry Potter House Sorting Name Game".

From the experts:

Excellent candidate for use as an undiscovered surname name. Niven is the Anglicized spelling of the Irish name Naomhan, a diminutive of the word naomh which means saint. This handsome but unusual name was given to only six boys in the US last year. Your parents may be familiar with actor David Niven.

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Famous People Named Niven

David Niven, English actor
Larry Niven, American science fiction author of "Ringworld" series

Pop Culture References for the name Niven


Ziggy2112 Says:


What's the pronunciation? nie-ven or nee-ven?

lesliemarion Says:


Nameberry says my parents might be familiar with actor David Niven. I'm 54 and familiar with Niven, as are many of my younger friends. Cultural literacy is not limited to a certain age group.