Nellie - girls name

Nellie name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 98%

Nellie name meaning:

The name Nellie is of English origin and is a diminutive form of the name Helen, which comes from the Greek word "helene" meaning "torch" or "bright one." Nellie is often seen as a charming and endearing name for a girl. It carries a sense of warmth, playfulness, and innocence.

Nellie has a vintage feel to it, evoking a sense of nostalgia and classic charm. It has been a popular name throughout history, particularly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The name Nellie has a timeless quality that has allowed it to remain in use and be appreciated by parents even today.

As a diminutive form of Helen, Nellie also inherits some of the qualities associated with this name. Helen is often associated with beauty, grace, and wisdom. Therefore, Nellie can be seen as a name that carries a sense of both brightness and elegance. Overall, Nellie is a name that exudes a sense of sweetness, femininity, and a touch of old-world charm.

Origin: English

Diminutive of Ellen or Eleanor: A variant of the Greek Helen, meaning shining light, or most beautiful woman.

Related names

Ellen , Nellie , Nelly

Other girls names beginning with N


Overall UK ranking: 101 out of 5581

506 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (274)

Historical popularity of Nellie

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