Meaning, pronunciation and origin of the Irish boys name Niall

How do you pronounce Irish name Niall?

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What does Niall mean?

The name could come from “passionate, vehement” or from nel “a cloud”. Niall of the Nine Hostages (read the legend) was a fourth-century king of Tara who gained the throne because of a test – he and his brothers had to enter the forest and find their own food and shelter. As time wore on they grew thirsty and approached a well guarded by a hideously ugly woman. Before she would allow them to have a drink she asked for a kiss. Only Niall agreed and when he had kissed her she was transformed into the most beautiful woman on earth and in turn she granted him sovereignty of Erin.

What is the Gender for the Irish name Niall?

Boy | Male

Is Niall a boy or girl name?

Niall is traditionally given to a boy.

How do you spell Niall in Irish?

It is spelled “Niall”.

How do you pronounce the Irish name Niall?

It is pronounced “nye + al”.

What is the English equivalent names of Niall?

The English version of Niall is Neil or Neal (pron. “neel”).

Who are famous people with the name Niall?

Niall Horan of British boy band One Direction as well as Scottish historian Niall Ferguson.

Is Niall a common name?

Niall grew in popularity for new baby boys in Ireland peaking at #16 in 1991, however it has been on a slow decline since then. In 2021, Niall ranked #158 for baby boys names. Source: