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Gender: Female Origin of Nellie: Diminutive or elongation of Nell Meaning of Nell: English, diminutive of Helen, Eleanor, et al, "bright, shining one"

The name Nellie is a girl's name . Nellie and is often added to lists like Unique Vintage Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Your Six Kids - Take Three, Leave Three".

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This ready-for-revival name recalls the old Gay Nineties and bicycles-built-for-two era.

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Famous People Named Nellie

Helen Louise "Nellie" Herron Taft; First Lady of the U.S. as wife of W.H. Taft
Nellie Melba (born Helen Porter Mitchell), Australian operatic soprano
Nellie Bly, pen name of American journalist Elizabeth Jane Cochrane
Nellie Vladimirovna Kim, Tajik Soviet Olympic gymnast
Nellie Letitia McClung, Canadian feminist, author and politician
Nellie Farren, English actress and singer
Nell Marie "Nellie" McKay, American singer-songwriter and actress
Nellie Tayloe Ross, first woman governor (Wyoming) in the U.S.
Eleanor Towzey "Nellie" Stewart, Australian actress and singer

Pop Culture References for the name Nellie

Nellie Forbush, character in musical "South Pacific"
Nellie O'Malley, character in the American Girl series
Nellie Oleson, character on TV's "Little House on the Prairie"
Nellie, character in movie "Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure"
Nellie Turner, character in "This Golden Land" by Barbara Wood
Nellie Ellis, character on British soap "EastEnders"
Eleanour Donna "Nellie" Bertram, character on TV's "The Office"
Nellie Pledge, character in the Granada Television series "Nearest and Dearest"
Nellie Brie, character in animated movie "An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster"
"Nellie the Elephant," 1956 song by Mandy Miller and animated TV series
Nellie Boswell, character on TV's "Bread"
"Nellie," boat in Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness"
Nellie's Southern Kitchen, Kevin Jonas Sr. restaurant in Belmont, NC
"Whoa, Nellie," a phrase

Nelly, Nelli, Neli, Nelley


meggyweg Says:


I love this name as a nickname but would prefer a more mature sounding given name, like Elinor (my favorite spelling).

Daiseymae Says:


It reminds me of Nellie the mule.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Me, too. Penelope is stunning - love that name so much. 😃 Xxx

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love both Nellie and Augusta. 😃

paulapuddephatt Says:


A lovely name or nickname. I adore Helen, Ellen, Eleanor, and many other names, for which Nellie can be a nickname. It offers an alternative to Ellie and Ella, which are gorgeous, and understandably, extremely popular.

Wittyusername103 Says:


I like this as a full name. I don't like Eleanor or Penelope but Nellie just has this simple pretty feel.

RoddyThlayli Says:


Nellie is the name of a character my cousin made up-- she's a gun-crazy, kind of badass, blue alien.

indiefendi2 Says:


very cute for Eleanor 😋

Bobcat108 Says:


My late grandmother, Nellie Augusta, was named for both of her grandmothers & disliked both her names. If Grandma were still alive, she'd take you by your lapels & say "JUST DON'T USE THIS NAME!" ; )

jules Says:


My Nellie is a superstar since the moment she was conceived, short for Nellianna! Notice how bitter & distasteful "anonymous person" didn't state their "name"?

AnonymousPerson Says:


Me too!

SunKissedChild Says:


I love the name Nellie as a nickname for Penelope

Orchid_Lover Says:


It has always reminded me of the brat in Little House on the Prairie.

AnonymousPerson Says:


I have never liked this name.