What does Nelda mean?
Nelda /nel-da/ [2 sylls.] 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).
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. 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. in the 1930s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
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. Variants like Helia are seldom used. 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%, 48.6% less), 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)
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.