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What does Nelda mean?

Nelda \n(e)-lda, nel-da\ as a name for girls. Nelda's roots are Old French, Old German and Greek, and the meaning of Nelda is "other, foreign; sun ray". Nelda is a variant of Eleanor (Old French, Old German). Nelda is also a variation of Helen (Greek).


Nelda has 18 alternative forms via Eleanor, Helen: Ella, Elna, Helana, Helena, Helia, Hella, Hellia, Jelena, Lena, Leora, Nell, Nelle, Nelley, Nelli, Nellie, Nelly, Nora and Yelena.


Nelda is a very popular first name for women (#730 out of 4276, Top 17%) but a rare surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Nelda for girls. Nelda was first listed in 1900-1909 and reached its top rank of #285 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nelda name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nelda outside U.S.

Eleanor (#78 a year ago), Ella (#17), Elna, Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Lena (#279), Leora, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly and Nora (#49) are the prominent varying forms of Nelda. These girl names reached the top of their popularity during 1900-1909 (usage of 0.6995%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.3593%, down 48.6%), with versions such as Helen, Nelda, Nell, Nelle and Nellie falling out of fashion. The most trendy names for newborns among these are Eleanor (#78), Ella (#17), Helena (#502), Lena (#279) and Nora (#49), with these names going through a rekindling in usage. Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nelda and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Ella, Elna, Helen, Helena, Lena, Leora, Nelda, Nell, Nelle in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nellie, Nelly, Nora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Ella, Lena, Nellie, Nora outside U.S.

Similar Names

Nelda is pronounced similarly to Nilda and Nillda. Other recommended similar baby names are Kelda, Neda, Nedda, Nela, Nelia, Nelida, Nella, Selda, Velda, Welda and Zelda. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nelda.