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What does Nellie mean?

Nellie /nel-lie/ as a girls' name. Nellie's roots are Latin, Greek and English, and the meaning of the name Nellie is "horn; other, foreign; sun ray". Nellie is an alternate spelling of Cornelia (Latin). Nellie is also a derivative of Eleanor (Old French, Old German). Nellie is also used as a variation of Ellen (Greek), Helen (Greek) and Nelly (English).

Associated with: greek, sun


Nellie has 7 variants: Neely, Nela, Nelia, Nella, Nelley, Nelli and Nila.

Nellie has 26 more alternative forms via Cornelia, Eleanor, Ellen, Helen, Nelly: Elle, Ellee, Elli, Ellie, Ellin, Helaine, Helene, Helia, Hella, Hellen, Hellene, Hellia, Neel, Neeltje, Nel, Nelda, Nelida, Nell, Nelle, Nellene, Nellette, Nelliana, Nellwen, Nellwin, Nellwyn and Nonnie.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Nelie, Neolie, ..

(male) Nelil, Nellor, ..

How popular is Nellie?

Nellie is a very prominent first name for women (#238 out of 4276, Top 6%) but an uncommon surname for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the birth name history of Nellie for girls. Nellie reached its top rank of #19 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #1301. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nellie name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nellie outside U.S.

Prominent variation forms of Nellie (#1301 from recent data) ranked in the Top 2000 are Cornelia, Eleanor (#78 from recent data), Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Elli (#1728), Ellie (#55), Helaine, Helen (#404), Helene, Hellen, Neely, Nelda, Nelia, Nell, Nella, Nelle, Nelly (#1565), Nila (#1834) and Nonnie. Other forms, like Hellene, are uncommon. These forms of Nellie were popular during the years 1920-1929 (adoption of 5.8%) and are now much less widespread (adoption 0.8%, down 87%), with versions such as Nell becoming less in vogue. Elle and Ellie are two of the more trendy names for newborns among these.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nellie, Cornelia, Eleanor, Elle, Ellen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elli, Ellie, Helaine, Helen, Helene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hellen, Neely, Nelda, Nelia, Nell in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nella, Nelle, Nelly, Nila, Nonnie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Nellie, Cornelia, Eleanor, Elle, Ellen, Ellie outside U.S.

Similar Names


Nellie is alike in pronunciation to Neala, Nealla, Neelia, Neelie, Neelya, Neila, Neilla, Neola and Noella. Other recommended names are Aillie, Allie, Belle, Billie, Celie, Celli, Collie, Delle, Delline, Dellis, Dollie, Hallie, Hedlie, Helle, Hellee, Hillie, Hollie, Jillie, Jullie, Keelie, Keilie, Kelcie, Kellbie (see Kelby), Kellee, Kelli, Kellie, Kellye, Kelpie, Kelsie, Keylie, Keyllie, Lealie, Lellia, Leslie, Lezlie, Melli, Mellie, Melvie, Mollie, Neale, Neddie, Neelle (see Neilina), Neile, Neille, Nellsea (see Nelsey), Nellsey (see Nelsey), Nelsie, Nerolie, Nessie, Nettie, Noele, Noell, Noelle, Ollie, Pollie, Sallie, Selbie, Selie, Shellie, Tallie, Tillie, Vallie, Verlie, Wallie, Weslie and Zelie. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nellie.