What does Nelly mean?
(female) Naily, Noly, ..
(male) Neli, Nelve, .. Middle name pairings:
Nelly Jubilee (N.J.), ..
How popular is Nelly?
Nelly is a very popular first name for women (#1009 out of 4276, Top 24%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#67522 out of 150436, Top 45%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Nelly entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its top position of #954 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #1724. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Nelly (#1724 via latest list) are Ella (#18 via latest list), Eleanor (#60), Elle (#398), Helen (#419), Ellen (#705), Nellie (#1247), Elly (#1474), Nila (#1797), Nella, Nelle, Nell, Hellen, Ellyn, Elli, Cornelia, Neely, Nelda and Nelia. These relations of Nelly were popular as birth names 115 years ago (average #924) and have become much less common since (#1465, ▼84%), with versions such as Nellie becoming somewhat outmoded. Elle and Ella are two of the more fashionable baby names in this compilation.
Nelly is pronounced similarly to Naila, Nalea, Neala, Nealla, Neelia, Neelie, Neelya, Neila, Neilla, Neola, Noela, Noella, Nola, Noola, Nowla, Nuala, Nualla, Nula, Nyla▲ and Nylah▲. Other suggested similar names are Ally, Billy, Cally, Cilly, Colly, Delly, Dolly▼, Emelly, Gilly, Hally, Hedly, Hilly, Holly▼, Jilly, Joelly, Jully, Kally, Kealy, Keely▼, Kelly▼, Lally, Lesly▼, Lilly▲, Lolly, Mally, Melly, Milly, Molly, Neale, Neel, Neelle (see Neilina), Neile, Neille, Nellsey (see Nelsey), Nelsy, Neroly (see Nerola), Nessy, Netty, Noell, Noelle▲, Polly▼, Reilly▼, Sally▼, Seely, Shelly▼, Tally, Tilly, Tully, Vally, Verly, Wally and Willy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nelly.See names in meaning and etymology.