Nili is an ancient Sanskrit word which literally means color Indigo. As per Sanskrit Nili is an indigo plant or Hornwort plant dye.
In Mahabharata, Nili was the 2nd wife of King Ajamidha and the mother of Dusyanta and Paramesthi. Also Nili means a Ragini, a river or a goddess as per reference in the Mhabharata.
Nili is a popular name in the USA as it is shown in the chart from a very long period of time. Nili is in trend since 1970 and till 2013 it is used by 5 - 12 people per year as the name of their children. Nili has become more popular since the year 2007. Nili is not a much popular name in India.
Nili is short, sweet and easy to pronounce name. But the meaning and mythological significance of name Nili don't find much.
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