Nelly - girls name

Nelly name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 95%

Nelly name meaning:

The name Nelly is a diminutive form of the name Eleanor, which has origins in both Greek and Hebrew. In Greek, Eleanor is derived from the name Helen, which means "bright, shining one." In Hebrew, Eleanor is derived from the name Eliyahu, meaning "God is my God" or "the Lord is my God." Consequently, Nelly can be interpreted as having similar meanings. It can be associated with attributes such as brightness, radiance, and divine connection.

Nelly is a name that exudes a sense of positivity and light. It suggests someone who possesses a vibrant and radiant personality. The name holds connotations of warmth, joy, and a strong connection with a higher power. Individuals named Nelly may embody qualities such as intelligence, charisma, and a deep faith or spirituality. This name carries a sense of optimism and optimism, encapsulating the idea of a bright and shining person who brings light and happiness to others' lives.

Origin: English

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


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Related names

Ellen , Nellie , Nelly

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Overall UK ranking: 256 out of 5581

186 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (396)

Historical popularity of Nelly

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