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Nils Meaning and Meaning


Origin of first name:

Short, Scandinavian

Meaning of the name:

Nils is one of the Scandinavian forms of Nicholas.

Nils Holgersson's Wonderful Journey by Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf made the name famous in the early 20th century. This children's work, which tells the adventures of a young boy flying on the back of a wild goose, was a great success and was translated into more than twenty languages.

The name Nils appears in several countries and is celebrated with St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra in Asia Minor (present-day Turkey) in the fourth century. It is one of the most popular saints. It is attributed to many miracles that are still told in many countries in Europe and in eastern France.

His birthday: December 6th.

Its derivative: Niels.

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