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Meaning and name origin

Nelda \n(e)-lda, nel-da\ as a girl's name is of Old French, Old German and Greek origin, and the meaning of Nelda is "other, foreign". Nelda is a variant of Eleanor (Old French, Old German): from an Old French respelling of the Provenšal name Alienor, from German ali, though sometimes it is taken as a variant of Helen.


Nelda is a very popular first name for females (#730 out of 4276, Top 17%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nelda for girls (2014 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nelda and its source forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Eleanor (#78), Helen (#404) and Nelda. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Helen, Nelda in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Helen outside U.S.

Similar Names

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