Nils Name Meaning & Origin

Nils

Pronunciation: NEELZ (key)

Origin of the name Nils:

Danish and Swedish cognate of the Greek Nikolaos (victory of the people) a compound name composed of the elements nikē (victory) and laos (the people). The name was borne by St. Nicholas, a 4th-century bishop of Myra about whom many legends have grown. He is known to children as the bringer of gifts on Christmas.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Nicholas, Niels

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Nicknames for Nils

Nilsy, Nil

Meanings and history of the name Nils

This is anecdotal, but I was told by a dear old Norwegian lady that it was a viking name, a proud, strong male name from the days when the Vikings took to the waters - originally driven out of hunger and a need to feed their children and families

Sources I've seen say it means 'Champion'.

Famous real-life people named Nils

Nils Noren, VP of of culinary arts the French Culinary institute in New York. Contestant on Top Chef Masters.

Nils Petter Molvær, Norske jazz trumpeter, Oslo, Norge.

Nils Lofgren, guitarist with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band

Nils Abrahamsson, friend with famous Swedish YouTuber.

Nils Allen 'Booboo' Stewart Jr, American actor

Nils in song, story & screen

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils is a book by Selma Lagerlöf. It has been made into movies and the character is even featured on the reverse side of the Swedish 20 krona banknote (according to Wikipedia).

Also, in the original Rescuers book, there is a heroic Norway rat named Nils.

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