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Nelly is an adorable baby name for your daughter that has a wholesome and kindhearted feel. It began as a diminutive for Nell, which dates back to Eleanor and Helen. As of 2021, Nelly is a top 3,700 option for girls.

Meaning of the Name Nelly

Nelly began as a nickname for Nell and means “light”. Nell itself was first a diminutive for options that began with “el.” It likely represented Eleanor and Ellen. Some even used Nell as a nickname for Helen. Eleanor dates back to the ancient Occitan name Alienor. Ellen is the English form of Helen, which comes from the Greek name Helene.

Nelly has the same meaning as Nell, since it is a diminutive for it. Nell ultimately, has the same translations as Helen, Ellen, and Eleanor. Eleanor translates to “shining light.” Ellen and Helen both mean “light.”

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Nicknames for Nelly

Nelly is a wholesome and kindhearted baby name. It feels youthful and informal and can be accompanied by a fun nickname. Below, we've compiled a list of options to help you get inspired:

Nelly Name Details

Style: Traditional

Gender: Neutral

Pronunciation: NEHL-ee

Syllables: Two

Alternative Spelling for Nelly

  • Nellie 
  • Nellee
  • Nelley
  • Neley
  • Nely
  • Nelee
  • Nelie

Nelly Name Popularity

Nelly has no history as a top 1,000 baby name in America, according to the Social Security Popularity Index. As of 2021, Nelly is a top 3,700 option. It is number 3,642.

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Great Middle Names for Nelly and Their Meanings

  • Louise (famous warrior)
  • Briar (thorny bush containing wild roses)
  • Carla (free woman)
  • Alexandra (defender of men)
  • Rosanna (rose, gracious rose)
  • Janine (God is gracious)
  • Fleur (flower)
  • Lucille (light)

Famous People Named Nelly

  • Nelly Furtado (singer, songwriter)
  • Nelly Kalfayan (singer, comedian)
  • Nelly Arcan (novelist)
  • Nelly Landry (tennis player)
  • Nelly Olin (politician in France)
  • Nelly Thuring (politician in Sweden)
  • Nelly Viennot (soccer referee)
  • Nelly Benschop (poet)
  • Nelly Welch (character from “True to the Old Flag”)
  • Nelly (character from “The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod”)
  • Nelly Yuki (character from “Gossip Girl”)
  • Nelly Hardy (character from “Facing Death”)
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