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Meaning and name origin
Nellie \n(el)-lie\ as a girl's name has the meaning "horn; other, foreign; sun ray" and 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): originally a variant of Helen, but now more closely associated with Eleanor. The name Nellie is also a variation of Nelly (English).
Nellie is a very popular first name for females (#238 out of 4276) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
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