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 (#50468 out of 150436, Top 34%). (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 (usage of 0.6287%) and have become significantly less widespread since (usage 0.4358%, down 30.7%), 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.