More Than 400 Men Named ‘Nigel’ Gathered in a British Pub to Honor Their First Name


Is there any more British name than Nigel? Also, this is one of my favorite stories of 2019 so far. My favorite Nigel is Nigel Planer, who played Neil on the great British TV show The Young Ones.

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1986 will go down in history as the year that I became an Anglophile. In addition to the Sex Pistols becoming my very first favorite band that year (and my discovery of The Who, another one of my all time favorite bands, that year as well), I discovered The Young Ones when MTV reran it that year. It became my favorite British sitcom shortly afterwards and it would remain my favorite until 2017 when I discovered The IT Crowd and Absolutely Fabulous. #theyoungones #youngones #rikmayall #riprikmayall #adrianedmondson #adeedmonson #nigelplaner #christopherryan #alexeisayle #benelton #vyvyan

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Recently, 433 men named Nigel came together at a pub called The Fleece Inn in the middle of England to celebrate the heritage of that incredible first name.

Nigels from all over the UK came to the small village of Bretforton for the big bash. One Nigel flew in from Cyprus and one from Texas even crowdfunded a ticket to be able to make it to the event.

The idea was the brainchild of Nigel Smith, the landlord of The Fleece Inn where the festivities took place. Smith said it started off as “a slightly mad idea” and that he thought maybe a couple dozen Nigels would show up to have a few beers.

Smith added, “Nigels were kind of dying out. Those of us who are still around ought to celebrate the fact we are still around and very much comfortable with our Nigelness.”

The night features not only 433 chaps named Nigel, but also special drinks, including the Mad Nigel, Nige Ale, and a cider called Narky Nige.

Even the local MP showed up that night. His name: Nigel Huddleston. Of course.

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The first Nigels have signed the Book of Nigel, #NigelNight is go!

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And Smith is right: the very British name is dying out. Apparently, there were only two British babies named Nigel born in 2016.

I’ve decided I’m going to do my part. If I have a child (or a dog, a cat, or a goldfish), I’m going to name them Nigel. That’s a guarantee!