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What does Nella mean?

Nella Pronunciation of Nella [nel-la] as a name for girls is of Latin and English derivation, and the name Nella means "horn". Nella is an alternate form of Cornelia (Latin). Nella is also a variant of Nelly (English): short transcription of Helen.


Nella has 6 variants: Neely, Nela, Nelia, Nelley, Nellie and Nila.

8 more relations via Cornelia, Nelly: Neel, Nel, Nelida, Nell, Nellene, Nellwen, Nellwin and Nellwyn.

Creative forms:
(female) Nala, Nelna, ..

(male) Nellan, Nelva, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nella Elinor (N.E.), ..

How popular is Nella?

Nella is a very prominent first name for women (#1869 out of 4276, Top 44%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Nella reached its apex rank of #612 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Cornelia, Neely, Nelia, Nell, Nellie (#1247 from recent data), Nelly (#1724) and Nila (#1797) are the prominent related forms of Nella. Other forms, like Nel, are uncommon. These forms of Nella were at the peak of their popularity in the 1880s (usage of 0.9%) and are now significantly less common, with versions like Nell becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nella, Cornelia, Neely, Nelia, Nell in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Nella is pronounced similarly to Naila, Nailah, Nalea, Neala, Nealla, Neelia, Neelie, Neelya, Neila, Neilla, Nelli, Neola, Noela, Noella, Nola, Noola, Nowla, Nuala, Nualla, Nula, Nyla and Nylah. Other recommended names are Adella, Alla, Bella, Beula, Della, Dilla, Ella, Geela, Hella, Huella, Jeyla, Keala, Keila, Keyla, Leala, Leela, Leila, Luella, Mela, Mella, Merla, Milla, Nanella, Neale, Nedda, Nedra, Neelle (see Neilina), Neile, Neille, Neka, Nelda, Nelle, Nellsea (see Nelsey), Nelsy, Nenna, Neoma, Nesha, Neta, Nevsa, Neysa, Noell, Noelle, Norella, Orella, Pella, Rella, Rilla, Seula, Tekla, Tulla, Udella, Yulla and Zilla. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nella.

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