What does Nell mean?
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). Nell is also a variation of Eleanor (Old French, Old German). Nell is also used as a variation of Ellen (Greek), Helen (Greek) and Nelly (English). See also Denelle and Wynell.
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 (#11302 out of 150436, Top 8%). (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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Popular alternative forms of Nell 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 (usage of 0.5476%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.2846%, down 48%), with forms like Helen, Hellen, Cornelia, Nell and Nelda 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), and there is a rekindling in baby name popularity for Eleanor, Ella, Lena and Nora. Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Nell and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
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.