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What does Nellie mean?

Nellie \n(el)-lie\ as a girls' name. Nellie's roots are Latin, Old French, Old German, Greek and English, and the meaning of the name Nellie is "horn; other, foreign; sun ray". Nellie is a variation 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).


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.


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)

Presented below is the birth name popularity of Nellie for girls. Nellie reached its top rank of #19 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nellie name in U.S.

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

Prominent variation forms of Nellie ranked in the Top 1000 are Cornelia, Eleanor (#78 last year), Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Ellie (#55), Helen (#404), Helene, Hellen, Nelda, Nelia, Nelida, Nell, Nella, Nelle, Nelly and Nila. These girl names were at the top of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4836%) and are now much less widespread (usage 0.2007%, down 58.5%), with versions such as Helen, Nell, Nella, Nelle and Nellie falling out of style. Eleanor (#78), Elle (#395) and Ellie (#55) are three of the more trendy names for newborns among these, and there is also a rekindling in baby name popularity for Eleanor and Ellie. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of the girl name Nellie and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Cornelia, Eleanor, Elle, Ellen, Ellie, Helen, Helene, Hellen, Nelda, Nelia in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nelida, Nell, Nella, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly, Nila in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nellie is alike in pronunciation to Neelia and Neelie. Other recommended similar baby names are Cellie, Kellie, Mellie, Neale, Neelle, Neile, Neille, Nellsie, Nelsie and Noelle. These names tend to be less frequently used than Nellie.