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Gender: F Origin of Nelly: Variation of Nellie and Nell; Short form of Helen, Eleanor, Cornelia et al

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.

Famous People Named Nelly

Nelly Kim Furtado, Canadian singer-songwriter
Nelly Artin Kalfayan, Egyptian singer, actress and comedienne
Nelly Arcan (born Isabelle Fortier), Canadian novelist
Leonie "Nelly" Sachs, German poet and playwright
Nelly Adamson Landry, Belgian tennis player
Nelly Olin, French politician
Ellen Lawless "Nelly" Ternan, English actress; mistress of writer Charles Dickens
Nelly Thüring, Swedish politician
Nelly Viennot, French football referee
Nelly Wicky, Swiss politician
Penelope Scotland "Nelly" Disick, daughter 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

Pop Culture References for the name Nelly

Ellen "Nelly" Dean, main narrator in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights"
Nelly Welch, character in G. A. Henty's "True to the Old Flag"
Nelly, character in "The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod" by Heather Brewer
Nelly Yuki, character on TV's "Gossip Girl"
Nelly Hardy, character in G. A. Henty's "Facing Death"