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Nell meaning and name origin
Nell \n(e)-ll\ as a girl's name has the meaning "horn; other, foreign; sun ray" and is a variant of Cornelia (Latin): feminine of the Roman family name Cornelius. Also 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. Nell is also used as a variant of Ellen (Greek): originally a variant of Helen, but now more closely associated with Eleanor. Nell is also a variant of Nelly (English): short form of Helen, Eleanor (Greek) "sun ray". See also Denelle and Wynell.
Nell is also pronounced similarly to Neale, Neelle, Neile, Noel, Noele, Noell, Noelle and Nowell. Other suggested similar baby names are Bell, Dell, Neala, Nealla, Neely, Neila, Neilla, Neille, Nela, Nelia, Nella, Nelley, Nelli, Nellie, Neola, Nila, Noela, Noella, Nola, Nula and Nyla.
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Popularity of Nell
Nell is a very popular first name for females (#588 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#11810 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
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