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What does Nell mean?

Nell Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: greek, sun.


Nell has 3 variants: Neel, Nel and Nelle.

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.

Creative forms:
(female) Nall, Nill, ..

(male) Neme, Neni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nell Faigy (N.F.), ..

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)

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 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nell name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Popular alternative forms of Nell are Ella (#18 in recent rankings), Nora (#41), Eleanor (#60), Lena (#272), Elle (#398), Helen (#419), Ellen (#705), Nellie (#1247), Elly (#1474), Nelly (#1724), Nila (#1797), Nelle, Nella, Wynell, Neely, Hellen, Elli, Cornelia, Nelda and Nelia. Other forms, like Leni, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Nell was common among parents 115 years ago (median #844) and has become much lower since (#1340, down 77.4%). Helen is the longstanding favorite, though Ella is currently higher in the list, while forms such as Hellen have become less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nell, Cornelia, Eleanor, Ella, Elle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ellen, Elli, Elly, Helen, Hellen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Lena, Neely, Nelda, Nelia, Nella in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nelle, Nellie, Nelly, Nila, Nora, Wynell in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lena, Nellie, Nora outside U.S.

Similar Names

Nell is pronounced similarly to Neale, Neelle, Neile, Noel, Noele, Noell, Noelle, Nowel and Nowell. Other recommended names are Adell, Bell, Chell, Dell, Doll, Gill, Gull, Hill, Jill, Joell, Jyll, Moll, Nea, Neala, Nealla, Neck, Neda, Nedi, Neila, Neilla, Neille, Neka, Nelsy, Nena, Neola, Nera, Nesi, Nest, Neta, Neti, Neva, Neve, Noela, Noella, Nola, Norell, Nula, Nyla, Odell, Peall, Poll, Shell, Teall and Teill. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nell.

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