Meaning and name origin
Nellie \n(el)-lie\ as a girl's name is of Latin, Old French, Old German, Greek and English origin, and the meaning of Nellie is "horn; other, foreign; sun ray". Nellie is a variant of Cornelia (Latin): feminine of the Roman family name Cornelius. Also 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. Nellie is also used as a variant of Ellen (Greek) and Nelly (English).
Nellie is a very popular first name for females (#238 out of 4276, Top 6%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Nellie for girls. Nellie reached its highest rank of #19 in the U.S. in 1880-1889. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nellie and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Eleanor (#78), Helen (#404), Ellen (#656), Nelly, Nila, Nellie, Nelia, Cornelia and Nella. (2014 statistics).
Nellie▼ is also pronounced similarly to Neelia and Neelie. Other suggested similar baby names are Cellie, Kellie▼, Mellie▼, Neale, Neelle, Neile, Neille, Nell▼, Nelle▼, Nellsie, Nelsie and Noelle▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nellie.