Mystery Monday: Nizul

Every Monday we will post an entry that hasn’t yet been published with a view towards harnessing the collective onomastic power of the internet. If you have any thoughts about the name’s origin, other variants it might be related to, other examples of its use, etc., please share them in the comments! If you wish to browse other Mystery Monday names, there is an index.

Today’s name is a 13th C German name:


One of the things we often do when faced with a name that doesn’t provide us with any easy starting points is to just plug it into google and see what comes up.

Well! That was certainly an interesting exercise with this name. Google certainly thinks it’s a name, as many of the first page of hits were to various name related websites, none of which had any information about the name at all (some of them didn’t even know if it was masculine name or a feminine name!) but our favorite was a website dedicated to Kabalarians, who have this to say about the name:


(For the record, absolutely none of this is true).

Sometimes, when dealing with an unknown name, providing no information is better than providing false information. But perhaps one of you recognise the name and can help us identify it? Please share your thoughts and ideas in the comments!


Filed under crowd-sourcing, dictionary entries, mystery monday

2 responses to “Mystery Monday: Nizul

  1. Brian M. Scott

    Gerhard Schlumpert, Slawische Personennamen in mittelalterlichen Quellen zur deitschen Geschichte, Berlin, 1978, puts this citation (Nizul castellanus in Dimin) under Nisul as a variant of Nesul, which he derives it from a reconstructed Polabo-Pomeranian *Nesul, from Proto-Slavic *ne ‘not’ and *sulějь ‘better’.

  2. Jörg Knappen

    In addition to Brain Scott’s citation, here are two alternative etymologies

    (a) A purely Germanic one, as a diminutive of Nizo, from the stem NÎTHA “envy” (For Nizo, see Förstemann 1900)

    (b) A Slavic diminutive of Nikolaus, compare names like Nitze or Nietzsche in German surnames

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