I don’t know if I was named after anyone. That was never a conversation I had with my parents. Nigel was a common English name for boys born in England from the 1950s to the 1970s. The number of boys given the first name Nigel peaked in 1963 to 5,529.
As a child I had a few nicknames. In middle school I was called “Lil Man,” because I was short and at times in my friends opinion, acted like a fully grown man. In my early teens I wore a gold tooth that solidify this name. In high school my friends called me “frock(dress) tail.” They alleged that I was alway chasing “skirts.”
I prefer my nickname today, which is NIGE’. It means: Now I’ve Got Everything, including my beautiful kids, Mieshia, Melessa, Marquia, Malik, and Mitchell