What does Nelda mean?
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).
(female) Nelca, Nelna, ..
(male) Neler, .. 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)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.