Variation of Nellie and Nell

Nelly Origin and Meaning

The name Nelly is a girl's name of English origin meaning "light".

Nelly or Nellie is an adorable nickname name that can be short for a wide range of more formal appellations or that can stand on its own, and is typical of the vintage nickname genre that is growing in popularity. While Nelly can be used for several different names, from Helen to Eleanor to Cornelia, it has stood on its own for more than a century. It was one of the most popular names – spelled as Nellie – in the U.S. at the end of the 1800s.

The musician known as DJ Fatboy Slim named his little girl Nelly.

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Famous People Named Nelly

  • Nelly Kim FurtadoCanadian singer,songwriter
  • Nelly Artin KalfayanEgyptian singer, actress and comedienne
  • Nelly Arcan (born Isabelle Fortier)Canadian novelist
  • Leonie "Nelly" SachsGerman poet and playwright
  • Nelly Adamson LandryBelgian tennis player
  • Nelly OlinFrench politician
  • Ellen Lawless "Nelly" TernanEnglish actress; mistress of writer Charles Dickens
  • Nelly ThüringSwedish politician
  • Nelly ViennotFrench football referee
  • Nelly WickySwiss politician
  • Nelly Anna "Nel" BenschopDutch poet
  • Penelope Scotland "Nelly" Disickdaughter of reality TV personalities Scott Disick and Kourtney Kardashian
  • Nelly May Lois Cook (b. 2010)daughter of DJ Fatboy Slim and TV personality Zoe Ball

Nelly in Pop Culture

  • Ellen "Nelly" Deanmain narrator in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"
  • Nelly Welchcharacter in G. A. Henty's "True to the Old Flag"
  • Nellycharacter in "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod" by Heather Brewer
  • Nelly Yukicharacter on TV's "Gossip Girl"
  • Nelly Hardycharacter in G. A. Henty's "Facing Death"

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