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Meaning and Name Origin

Nell \n(e)-ll\ as a name for girls is of Latin, Old French, Old German, Greek and English origin, and the meaning of the name Nell is "horn; other, foreign; sun ray". Nell is a variant of Cornelia (Latin): feminine of the Roman family name Cornelius. Nell is also a variation 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. Nell is also used as a variation of Ellen (Greek), Nelly (English). See also Denelle and Wynell.


Nell has 3 variants: Neel, Nel and Nelle.

Nell has 26 more different forms via Cornelia, Eleanor, Ellen, Helen, Nelly: El, Ella, Elle, Elli, Elly, Helia, Hella, Hellen, Hellia, Lena, Neely, Nela, Nelda, Nelia, Nelida, Nella, Nellene, Nelley, Nelli, Nellie, Nellwen, Nellwin, Nellwyn, Nila, Nora and Nore.


Nell is a very popular first name for women (#588 out of 4276, Top 14%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#11810 out of 88799, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Nell for girls. Nell reached its top rank of #159 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nell and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Nell ranked in the Top 1000 are Ella (#17 in 2014), Nora (#49), Eleanor (#78), Lena (#279), Elle (#395), Helen (#404), Ellen (#656), Nelle, Nellie, Nila, Nella, Nelly, Nelda, Hellen, Cornelia, Nelia and Nelida. Adoption of these girl names reached its highest during 1880-1889 and has become much lower since, with forms like Helen, Nelle, Nellie, Nella and Nila falling out of style. The most trendy names for newborns in this compilation are Nora (#49), Eleanor (#78), Lena (#279), Elle (#395) and Ella (#17), with Eleanor, Ella, Lena and Nora enjoying a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cornelia, Eleanor, Ella, Elle, Ellen, Helen, Hellen, Lena, Nelda, Nelia in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nelida, Nell, Nella, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly, Nila, Nora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cornelia, Eleanor, Ella, Elle, Ellen outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lena, Nellie, Nora outside U.S.

Similar Names

Nell is pronounced similarly to Neale, Neelle, Neile, Noel, Noele, Noell, Noelle and Nowell. Other recommended similar baby names are Bell, Dell, Neala, Nealla, Neila, Neilla, Neille, Neola, Noela, Noella, Nola, Nula and Nyla. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nell.