What does Nel mean?
Nel [nel] as a girls' name is of Latin and English derivation, and the meaning of Nel is "horn". Nel is an alternate spelling of Cornelia (Latin). Nel is also a form of Nelly (English): short transcription of Helen.
(female) Naael, Naal, ..
(male) Nele, Nenal, .. Middle name pairings:
Nel Kaiya (N.K.), ..
How popular is Nel?
Nel is an unusual first name for females but a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#80812 out of 150436, Top 54%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related girl names. Nellie (#1247 in 2015), Nelly (#1724), Nila (#1797), Nella, Nell, Neely, Nelia and Cornelia are the popular related forms of Nel (not in Top 2000). Other variants, like Nela, are seldom used. Adoption of these relations of Nel was at its highest in the 1880s (median #813) and has become much lower since (#1846, ▼98%), with forms such as Cornelia going out of style. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Nel is pronounced similarly to Neale, Neelle, Neile, Nelle▼, Noel, Noele, Noell, Noelle▲, Nowel and Nowell. Other suggested similar names are Bel, Del, Mel and Nea. These names tend to be more commonly used than Nel.See names in meaning and etymology.