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What does Nelley mean?

Nelley Pronunciation of Nelley [nel-ley] as a name for girls has its root in English, and the name Nelley means "other, foreign". Nelley is a variant form of Eleanor (Old French, Old German). Nelley is also a derivative of Nelly (English).


Nelley has 3 variants: Nella, Nelli and Nellie.

13 more different relations via Eleanor, Nelly: Elle, Ellen, Elly, Helen, Nel, Nelda, Nelida, Nell, Nelle, Nellene, Nellwen, Nellwin and Nellwyn.

Creative forms:
(female) Neley, Nelo, ..

(male) Nelah, Neli, ..

Middle name pairings:
Nelley Leighton (N.L.), ..

How popular is Nelley?

Nelley is a rare given name for women. Nelley is an equivalently unique last name too for all people. (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Eleanor (#60 from current records), Elle (#398), Helen (#419), Ellen (#705), Nellie (#1247), Elly (#1474), Nelly (#1724), Nelle, Nelda, Nell and Nella are the popular varying forms of Nelley (outside Top 2000). These forms of Nelley were at the height of their popularity during 1920-1929 (adoption of 5.72%) and have become significantly less common since (adoption 0.45%, down 92.2%). Helen has been the most popular choice, though Eleanor is now the top form, while forms such as Helen used to be popular. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Elle, Ellen, Elly, Helen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nelda, Nell, Nella, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nelley is pronounced similarly to Nalea, Neala, Nealla, Neelia, Neelie, Neely, Neelya, Neila, Neilla, Nela, Nelia, Neola and Noella. Other suggested similar names are Alley, Belle, Billey, Calley, Delle, Delly, Dolley, Halley, Hedley, Helle, Hellee, Hellen, Holley, Kalley, Kealey, Keeley, Kelbey, Kelcey, Kellee, Kellen, Kelley, Kellsey, Kelly, Kelsey, Keyley, Keylley, Lesley, Lezley, Lilley, Melly, Molley, Neale, Neel, Neelle (see Neilina), Neile, Neille, Nellsea (see Nelsey), Nellsey (see Nelsey), Nelsea, Nelsey, Nelsy, Noele, Noell, Noelle, Perley, Polley, Reilley, Salley, Selbey, Shelley, Talley, Tilley, Valley and Yolley. These names tend to be more frequently used than Nelley.

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