Nelly - girls name

Nelly name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 95%

Nelly name meaning:

Origin: English

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


Unisex names, Dickens names

Related names

Ellen , Nellie , Nelly

Other girls names beginning with N


Overall UK ranking: 256 out of 5581

186 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (396)

Historical popularity of Nelly

The graph below shows the popularity of the girls's name Nelly from all the UK baby name statistics available. It's a quick easy way to see the trend for Nelly in 2023