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Gender: F Origin of Nettie: English, diminutive of names ending in -ette or -etta

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You may never have known a Nettie personally, but there well might be one hidden in your family history, considering that she was a Top 100 name until 1901 and stayed on the Social Security list until 1962.

Like cousins Hattie and Lottie, Nettie is a charming and nostalgic knitting and crocheting great-grandma name that just might work as a relaxed choice for a contemporary little girl, perhaps to honor an ancestral Annette or Henrietta.

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Famous People Named Nettie

Nettie Stevens, American geneticist, first to describe chromosomal basis of sex
Nettie McBirney "Aunt Chick," American inventor and cooking writer
Nettie Palmer, Australian poet and critic

Pop Culture References for the Name Nettie

Nettie Ashford, "aged half-past six," author of the romance of Mrs Orange and Mrs Alicumpane, in Dickens's short story "A Holiday Romance" (1868)
Nettie Stinger, character from TV series "Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom"
Nettie, character in The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
Nettie Fowler, character in the musical "Carousel"
Nettie, English regional slang word for toilet.
Nettie, character in Christina Baker Klein's The Orphan Train

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