Nelly Name Meaning & Origin

Nelly

Pronunciation: NEH-lee (key)

Related Names:

Nell, Nelli, Nellie

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Comments and insights on the name Nelly: | Edit

Ellyn and Nelly are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Nelly: | Edit

My 2 year old niece is named Eleanor but is called Nelly. She is wonderful--bright, hilarious, intelligent and creative. A name I now love because of her.

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Meanings and history of the name Nelly: | Edit

A pet form of Ellen, Helen, Eleanor, Penelope, Petronela and Cornelia.

Famous real-life people named Nelly: | Edit

Nelly Furtado, Canadian singer-songwriter.
Nelly Sachs, German poet, dramatist and winner of the 1966 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Nellie Bly, American journalist, author, industrialist, and charity worker.
Nelly May Lois Cook (b. 2010), daughter of English television and radio personality Zoe Ball and English DJ, musician, and record producer/mixer Fatboy Slim

Nelly in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Nelly Bly" and "Nelly Was a Lady" are songs by Stephen Foster that have been widely sung since publication in the 19th century.

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