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 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).
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.