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What does Nela mean?

Nela Pronunciation of Nela [nela] as a name for girls has its root in Latin, and Nela means "horn". Nela is a version of Cornelia (Latin). Nela is also a variant of Nelia (Latin).


Nela has 8 variants: Neelia, Neelie, Neely, Neelya, Nella, Nellie, Nelly and Nila.

3 more alternative forms via Cornelia, Nelia: Neel, Nel and Nell.

Creative forms:
(female) Nala, Neca, ..

(male) Nelanu, Nelari, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nela Moriah (N.M.), ..

How popular is Nela?

Nela is an uncommon first name for women but a somewhat popular surname for all people (#139757 out of 150436, Top 93%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Prominent related forms of Nela (unlisted) ranked in the Top 2000 are Nellie (#1247 in recent rankings), Nelly (#1724), Nila (#1797), Nella, Nell, Neely, Nelia and Cornelia. Adoption of these relations of Nela was common among parents during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.9%) and has become significantly less since, with versions such as Cornelia becoming somewhat dated. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Cornelia, Neely, Nelia, Nell, Nella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nellie, Nelly, Nila in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cornelia, Nellie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Nela is alike in pronunciation to Naila, Nailah, Nalea, Neala, Nealla, Neila, Neilla, Nelley, Nelli, Neola, Noela, Noella, Nola, Noola, Nowla, Nuala, Nualla, Nula, Nyla and Nylah. Other suggested similar names are Aila, Alla, Arela, Arla, Beula, Beyla, Cela, Dela, Dila, Dola, Ela, Keela, Keyla, Kyla, Lela, Leola, Loela, Lula, Mela, Nada, Naia, Nea, Neale, Neda, Neile, Neiva, Neka, Nelda, Nelle, Nelsea, Nelsy, Nena, Nera, Neta, Neti, Neva, Nevya, Nirela, Noel, Noele, Noell, Nona, Nyna, Ola, Olla, Pella, Perla, Sela, Sula, Tecla, Teela, Ula, Xyla, Zila and Zola. These names tend to be more frequently used than Nela.

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