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This interesting name is originally of Irish origin, derived from the Gaelic personal name "Niall", meaning "Champion". It was adopted by the Scandinavians in the form of "Njall" and was thereafter introduced into England directly from Ireland by the Norse settlers and indirectly by the Normans who had also adopted the name from the Scandinavian settlers in France, in the form of "Ni(h)el". As a personal name and surname it is found in various forms in England, Scotland and Ireland. The English surnames "Niles" and "Neels" are patronymic forms, meaning "son of Neil".

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