Origin of the name NIALL.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name NIALL.
variant spelling of Irish Neill
(q.v.), meaning "champion."
... Ireland frequently used
Neill, or Niall, and Scotland Niel,
as it is there spelt, but it is far more surprising to meet with it
among the Scandinavian races. It is evidence that there must have
been some considerable intercourse between Ireland and the North before
the days of the piracies of the historical ages. The old Irish
legends constantly speak of Norway as Lochlinn, or the land of lakes,
and show visits taking place between the inhabitants; and there are
names to be found in both countries, borrowed from one another, too far
back to be ascribed to the Norse invasions. (History of Christian Names,