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, Top 14%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#11810 out of 88799, Top 13%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nell for girls. Nell reached its highest rank of #159 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nell and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Eleanor (#78), Helen (#404), Ellen (#656), Nelly, Nelle, Nell and Cornelia. (2014 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.