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What does Neelie mean?

Neelie Pronunciation of Neelie [neel-ie] as a name for girls is of Hebrew and Latin origin, and the meaning of Neelie is "closing, locking; horn". Neelie is a variant form of Neila (Hebrew). Neelie is also a variation of Nelia (Latin): short version of Cornelia.


Neelie has 5 variants: Neelia, Neely, Neelya, Nela and Nila.

1 more alternative form via Neila, Nelia: Neilla.

Creative forms:
(female) Neelbe, Neella, ..

(male) Neeli, Neelil, ..

Middle name pairings:
Neelie Carter (N.C.), ..

How popular is Neelie?

Neelie is an unusual given name for females. Neelie is an equivalently uncommon surname too for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Neely, Nelia and Nila (#1797 last year) are the prominent varying forms of Neelie (outside Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Neelie was well-received among parents 85 years ago and is somewhat lower today. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Neely, Nelia, Nila in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Neelie and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Neelie is alike in pronunciation to Neala, Nealla, Nella, Nelley, Nelli, Nellie, Nelly, Neola, Noela and Noella. Other suggested similar names are Adelie, Amelie, Anelie, Arelie, Celie, Cellie, Chelie, Deelia, Delie, Edelie, Emelie, Haelie, Hedlie, Kaelie, Keeli, Keelia, Keelie, Keelin, Keilie, Kellie, Keylie, Lealie, Leelee, Leelia, Leslie, Lezlie, Meelia, Mellie, Natelie, Neale, Neddie, Neecia, Needia, Neel, Neelle (see Neilina), Neeltje, Neile, Neille, Nel, Nell, Nelle, Nellsie, Nelsie, Nerolie, Nessie, Nettie, Noel, Noele, Noeline, Noeliz (see Noelle), Noell, Noelle, Noemie, Orelie, Peele, Seelia, Seelie, Selie, Teenie, Verlie, Weslie, Zelie and Zoelie. These names tend to be more commonly used than Neelie.

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