What does Nell mean?
Nell /nell/ as a name for girls is of Latin, Greek and English origin, and the meaning of the name Nell is "horn; other, foreign; sun ray". Nell is a variant form 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 29 more different relations via Cornelia, Eleanor, Ellen, Helen, Nelly: El, Ella▲, Elle▲, Elli, Elly, Helia, Hella, Hellen▼, Hellia, Ili, Lean, Lena▲, Leni, Neely, Nela, Nelda▼, Nelia, Nelida, Nella▼, Nellene, Nelley, Nelli, Nellie▼, Nellwen, Nellwin, Nellwyn, Nila▼, Nora▲ and Nore.Kreatif forms: Nellna, Nellni, Ninell. [more]
How popular is Nell?
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 was first listed in 1880-1889 and 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 2 years ago), Nora (#49), Eleanor (#78), Lena (#279), Elle (#395), Helen (#404), Ellen (#656), Nelle, Nellie, Nila, Nella, Nelly, Nelda, Hellen, Cornelia, Nelia and Nelida. Other forms, like Nellwin, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Nell was common among parents during 1880-1889 (average #452) and is somewhat lower today (#715, down 48%). Helen is the longstanding favorite, though Ella is currently higher in the list, and Nelda is now somewhat dated. 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.