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What does Nelda mean?

Nelda /nel-da/ as a name for girls. Nelda's root is Greek, and the meaning of Nelda is "other, foreign; sun ray". Nelda is a variant form of Eleanor (Old French, Old German). Nelda is also a variation of Helen (Greek).

Associated with: greek, sun


Nelda has 20 alternative forms via Eleanor, Helen: Ella, Elna, Helana, Helena, Helia, Hella, Hellia, Ilka, Jelena, Leana, Lena, Leora, Nell, Nelle, Nelley, Nelli, Nellie, Nelly, Nora and Yelena.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Nelca, Nelna, ..

(male) Neldano, Neler, ..

How popular is Nelda?

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name history of Nelda for girls. Nelda reached its top rank of #279 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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), Leana, Lena (#279), Leora, Nell, Nelle, Nellie (#1301), Nelly (#1565) and Nora (#49) are the prominent varying forms of Nelda. Other variants, like Helana, are seldom used. These relations of Nelda were favored 114 years ago (average #407) and have become significantly less common since (#1156, 78.4% less usage), with versions such as Elna becoming less fashionable. Helen has been the most recognizable form, though Ella is currently higher in the list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nelda, Eleanor, Ella, Elna, Helen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helena, Leana, Lena, Leora, Nell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nelle, 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 names are Alda, Allda, Celida, Golda, Heda, Hedda, Holda, Hulda, Hylda, Ieeda, Jenda, Kelda, Kenda, Leida, Lenda, Leoda, Leyda, Meda, Melida, Nada, Naida, Nanda, Nea, Neala, Nealla, Neda, Nedda, Neddra, Nedra, Neelia, Neelya, Neema, Neena, Neera, Negida, Neilla, Neina, Neka, Nel, Nela, Nelia, Nelida, Nella, Nelsea, Nelsy, Nena, Nenna, Neola, Nera, Nesha, Nesta, Neta, Netta, Nevsa, Niada, Nila, Nilsa, Noella, Nula, Reda, Reeda, Reida, Selda, Veda, Veeda, Veida, Velda, Vellda, Welda, Wellda, Wilda, Wylda and Zelda. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nelda.