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What does Nelly mean?

Nelly Pronunciation of Nelly as a girls' name is pronounced NEL-ee. It is of English origin. Short form of Helen, Eleanor (Greek) "sun ray". Opera celebrity Nellie Melba. Also form of Cornelia. Also form of Ellen.


ASSOCIATED WITH greek, sun (star), opera


VARIANTS Nel, Nelida, Nell, Nella, Nellene, Nelley, Nellie, Nellwen, Nellwin, Nellwyn


ALTERNATIVE FORMS VIA ELEANOR, HELEN, NELLIE Ella, Elle, Elli, Elly, Ellyn, Helen, Helia, Hella, Hellen, Hellia, Neely, Nela, Nelda, Nelia, Nelle, Nelli, Nila

(female) Noly, ..

(male) Nelve, ..

Nelly Shayla (N.S.), ..

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 #1982. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Nelly (#1982 VIA LATEST LIST) are Ella (#15), Eleanor (#32), Elle (#380), Helen (#413), Ellen (#770), Nellie (#1071), Elly (#1603), Nila (#1758), Nell, Nelle, Nella, Cornelia, Nelia, Nelda, Neely, Ellyn, Elli and Hellen. These relations of Nelly were popular as birth names 108 years ago (AVERAGE #967) and have become much less common since (#1474, 80%), with versions such as Nellie becoming somewhat outmoded. Elle is the most fashionable baby name in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nelly, Cornelia, Eleanor, Ella, Elle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ellen, Elli, Elly, Ellyn, Helen 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, Nellie, Nila in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Nelly is pronounced similarly to Naila, Nalea, Neala, Nealla, Neelia, Neelie, Neely, Neelya, Neila, Neilla, Nela, Nelia, Nelli, Neola, Nila, Noela, Noella, Nola, Noola, Nowla, Nuala, Nualla, Nula, Nyla and Nylah. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Ally, Billy, Cally, Cilly, Colly, Delly, Dolly, Elly, Emelly, Gilly, 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, Nelda, Nelle, Nellsey (see Nelsey), Nelsey, Nelsy, Neroly (see Nerola), Netty, Noell, Noelle, Reilly, Sally, Seely, Shelly, Tilly, Tully, Verly and Willy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Nelly.