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

Nellie Origin and Meaning

The name Nellie is a girl's name .

This ready-for-revival nickname name recalls the old Gay Nineties and bicycles-built-for-two era. In the US, Nellie is one of the most popular unique girl names, lying just beneath the Top 1000. About five times as many baby girls are named Nellie in the US today as shorter form Nell.

Nellie is one of the top girl names in Sweden.

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Pop Culture References for the name Nellie

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.