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Meaning and name origin

Nelli \n(el)-li\ as a girl's name is of Old French, Old German and Greek origin, and the meaning of Nelli is "other, foreign; sun ray". Nelli is a variant 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. Also a variant of Elena (Greek): Italian and Spanish form of Helen.


Nelli has 3 variant forms: Nelley, Nellie, Nelly.


Nelli is not a popular first name for females but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#39748 out of 88799, Top 45%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nelli and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Nelly and Nellie. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Elena, Nellie, Nelly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nelli is also pronounced similarly to Neala, Nealla, Neelia, Neelie, Neely, Neila, Neilla, Nela, Nelia, Nella, Neola and Noella. Other suggested similar baby names are Celli, Delli, Kelli, Melli, Neale, Neel, Neelle, Neile, Neille, Nel, Nell, Nelle, Noell and Noelle. These names tend to be more commonly used than Nelli.