Meaning and Name Origin
Nell \n(e)-ll\ as a name for girls is of Latin, Old French, Old German, Greek and English origin, and the meaning of the name Nell is "horn; other, foreign; sun ray". Nell is a variant of Cornelia (Latin): feminine of the Roman family name Cornelius. Nell is also a variation 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 variation of Ellen (Greek), Nelly (English). See also Denelle and Wynell.
Nell▼ has 26 more different forms via Cornelia, Eleanor, Ellen, Helen, Nelly: El, Ella▲, Elle▲, Elli, Elly, Helia, Hella, Hellen▼, Hellia, Lena▲, Neely, Nela, Nelda▼, Nelia, Nelida, Nella▼, Nellene, Nelley, Nelli, Nellie▼, Nellwen, Nellwin, Nellwyn, Nila▼, Nora▲ and Nore.
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 (#11810 out of 88799, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is the baby name popularity of Nell for girls. Nell reached its top rank of #159 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nell and corresponding names. Popular alternative forms of Nell ranked in the Top 1000 are Ella (#17 in 2014), Nora (#49), Eleanor (#78), Lena (#279), Elle (#395), Helen (#404), Ellen (#656), Nelle, Nellie, Nila, Nella, Nelly, Nelda, Hellen, Cornelia, Nelia and Nelida. Adoption of these girl names reached its highest during 1880-1889 and has become much lower since, with forms like Helen, Nelle, Nellie, Nella and Nila falling out of style. The most trendy names for newborns in this compilation are Nora (#49), Eleanor (#78), Lena (#279), Elle (#395) and Ella (#17), with Eleanor, Ella, Lena and Nora enjoying a rekindling in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.