Meaning of the Irish name Niall. Listen and learn how to pronounce Niall so you can get the correct pronunciation for this Irish boy name.

MEANING: 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.

GENDER: Boy | Male


PRONUNCIATION: “”nye + al””

ENGLISH: Neil or Neal (pron. “”neel””)

AUDIO: (Listen to the late author Frank McCourt pronounce Niall and read along with the meaning)

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Famous People with the Name Niall: Niall Horan of British boy band One Direction, Niall Ferguson

  1. says

    Me and Niall have things in common as we’ll his name is Irish my name is Irish he’s a singer Ina band that’s famous and I’m a singer in a band that’s still going to be famous

  2. caitlin says

    Me and Niall James Horan have something in common He is from Ireland and I am to and his name is popular Irish name and mine is to so that is why I love him so much and his personality love u Niall forever xoxo <3 <3 :)

  3. Claire Styles says

    OMGOSH! Even though he ties first with harry Styles, i’m here for Niall Horan too! Everyone’s gotta love him!!!!! He is so adorable. I LOVE his accent.

  4. Morgan says

    Everyone’s here for Horan? I came because of Hunter Niall – the marvelous seeker from the “Sweep” series :)

    • Niall says

      Your sister is right, it’s an irish name n should be pronounced Kneel similar to how Niamh is pronounced. . Unfortunately this is widely not the case as we let English people dictate how we pronounce our names

    • Niall says

      Your sister’s right. Niall is traditionally pronounced like ‘kneel’. The pronunciation ‘nye al’ is the anglicised form of it.

    • Riley :) says

      Actually, it’s Niall HorAn. Sorry.. I have an inner Grammar Nazi. It was bothering me. And I’m a Directioner and a Horanator. :) Sorry again. <3

  5. ellenKhay says

    Naming our new little brother ROhan then I suggested adding NIALL having it as NIALL ROHAN then I suddenly realize Rohan is a jumble of Horan :) hahah.
    And yep NIALL HORAN bring me here

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