Niels Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Nils:
Danish and Swedish cognate of the Greek Nikolaos (victory of the people) a compound name composed of the elements nikē (victory) and laos (the people). The name was borne by St. Nicholas, a 4th-century bishop of Myra about whom many legends have grown. He is known to children as the bringer of gifts on Christmas.
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Niels is a common Danish name, equivalent to Nicholas. It is also a Dutch name. The usual Swedish variant of this name is Nils
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Niels Bohr, Danish physicist, made fundamental contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum mechanics.
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