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What does Nelda mean?

Nelda Pronunciation of Nelda [nel-da] as a name for girls has its root in 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.


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.

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

(male) Neler, Neltal, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nelda Calliope (N.C.), ..

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)

Nelda reached its top rank of #279 in the U.S. in the 1930s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nelda name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Eleanor (#60 a year ago), Ella (#18), Elna, Helen (#419), Helena (#534), Leana, Lena (#272), Leora, Nell, Nelle, Nellie (#1247), Nelly (#1724) and Nora (#41) are the prominent varying forms of Nelda. Other variants, like Helana, are seldom used. These relations of Nelda were favored 115 years ago (average #407) and have become significantly less common since (#1165, 77.3% 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.

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