Gender: Female Origin of Nelle: Spelling variation of Nell

Nelle Origin and Meaning

The name Nelle is a girl's name .

Nelle, pronounced as the one-syllable Nell though some may think it's Nellie or Nella, is the elegant form of the name used by author Nelle Harper Lee, who wrote To Kill A Mockingbird. With whatever spelling, Nell/Nelle is a charming old-fashioned nickname name -- it was originally short for Ellen, Eleanor, or Helen -- that never took off the way sisters Molly and Maggie did.

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Ald14 Says:


We named our baby girl Nelle. We much preferred this spelling to Nell as it's softer and prettier.

Renee Chrisco Says:


Definitely prefer this to Nell. It's delicate, graceful, and more distinctive than Belle.

indiefendi2 Says:


(Nelle) Harper Lee's first name is her grandmother's name spelled backwards. Clever!