What does Nelli mean?
Nelli \n(el)-li\ as a name for girls is of Old French, Old German and Greek derivation, and the meaning of the name Nelli is "other, foreign; sun ray". Nelli is a variant of Eleanor (Old French, Old German). Nelli is also a variant of Elena (Greek).
Nelli has 25 more alternative forms via Eleanor, Elena: El, Elen, Eleni, Ella▲, Elle▲, Ellen▼, Elli, Ellie▲, Ellin, Elly, Ellyn, Elna▼, Elyn, Helen▼, Helena▲, Helene▼, Lena▲, Leora▼, Nelda▼, Nell▼, Nelle▼, Nonnie, Nora▲, Norah▲ and Nore.
Nelli is an uncommon given name for females but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#39748 out of 88799, Top 45%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of the girl name Nelli and associated names. Eleanor (#78 a year ago), Elena (#121), Ella (#17), Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Ellie (#55), Elna, Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Helene, Lena (#279), Leora, Nelda, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly, Nora (#49) and Norah (#163) are the prominent alternative forms of Nelli (#unlisted). These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 and have become significantly less widespread since, with versions such as Helen, Nelda, Nell, Nelle and Nellie falling out of style. The trendier girl names in this list are Eleanor (#78), Ellie (#55), Lena (#279), Nora (#49) and Norah (#163), and there is also a resurgence in birth name popularity for these names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Nelli is pronounced similarly to Neala, Nealla, Neelia, Neelie, Neely, Neila, Neilla, Nela, Nelia, Nella▼, Neola and Noella. Other recommended similar baby names are Celli, Delli, Kelli▼, Melli, Neale, Neel, Neelle, Neile, Neille, Nel, Noell and Noelle▲. These names tend to be more frequently used than Nelli.