Neil or Neal is a forename of Gaelic origin. The name is a corruption of 'Niall', perhaps derived from the vocative form, 'Nčill'.
The original meaning of 'Neil' in Gaelic is unclear, but it may mean Champion or Cloud.
Famous people whose first name is Neil include:
- Neil Armstrong (born 1930), astronaut and the first human ever to set foot on the Moon
- Neil Gaiman (born 1960), English author of numerous science fiction and fantasy
- Neil Sedaka (born 1939), American pop singer, pianist, and songwriter
- Neil Young (born 1945), Canadian singer & songwriter
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