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Meaning and name origin
Nell \n(e)-ll\ as a girl's name is of Latin, Old French, Old German, Greek and English origin, and the meaning of Nell is "horn; other, foreign; sun ray". Nell 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) and Nelly (English). See also Denelle and Wynell.
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).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nell for girls (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nell and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Cornelia, Eleanor, Ellen, Helen, Nell, Nelle and Nelly. (2015 statistics).
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. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nell.
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