- a male given name: from an Irish word meaning “champion.”
Examples from the Web for neil
Neil Patrick Harris, Hedwig and the Angry Inch Neil Patrick Harris in fishnets, high heels, and glitter could be a great gag.Hedwig, Hugh & Michael Cera: 12 Powerhouse Theater Performances of 2014
December 31, 2014
If there is actually a war on Christmas, famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson seems ready to lead the fight.Neil deGrasse Tyson Trolls Christians on Christmas
December 25, 2014
In this context, and at this time, the action by Neil MacGregor and his Trustees might seem not merely naïve, but irresponsible.Britain Has Lost Its Marbles: Elgin Loan Will Appease Putin
December 5, 2014
“She is the one the left has the relationship with,” said Neil Sroka, a spokesman for Democracy for America.The Race to Be Hillary’s Karl Rove
November 26, 2014
Jolly and Creten, who are both married to Monster Jam drivers (Neil Elliott and Jimmy Creten, respectively), have kids.The Moms of Monster Jam Drive Trucks, Buck Macho Culture
November 22, 2014
For Neil O'Brien, indeed, that gesture was the turning-point of existence.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
The thing's name was Neil Jaeger; the girl's name was Macdonald.
So she and her servant, Neil MacKechan, were prisoners all that night.The Jacobite Rebellions (1689-1746)
James Pringle Thomson
Neil Kittrell left the office of the Morning Telegraph in a daze.
When he had gone, Edith sat and thought—of Neil, of the new position, of Clayton.
Word Origin and History for neil
surname and masc. proper name, from Gaelic/Old Irish Niall "champion." Picked up by the Vikings in Ireland (as Njall), brought by them to Iceland and Norway, thence to France, from which place it was introduced in England at the Conquest. Incorrectly Latinized as Nigellus on mistaken association with niger "black," hence Nigel.