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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 has 3 variant forms: Neel, Nel, Nelle.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nell name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nell outside U.S.

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cornelia, Eleanor, Ellen, Helen, Nell, Nelle, Nelly in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Cornelia, Eleanor, Ellen, Helen outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.