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Nelly Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Nelly?

The rare name Nelly was the 1,982nd Most Popular Girls Name in the United States in 2018.

Nelly, although not presently in the top 1000, did once enjoy higher rankings.

It reached its highest popularity RANKING of #625 in 1882.

But, the greatest number of babies were given the name in 2007 with 208 occurrences.

The least amount of newborns dubbed Nelly in any given year was less than 5, most recently in 1911.

Nelly, decisively moved upwards in popularity around the years 1912-1917, 1922-1925, 1951-1955, 1971-1974, 1989-1992, 1999-2003, and 2004-2007.

Sometimes the name Nelly has been more popular as a girls name and sometimes it has been more popular as a boys.

Where is the name Nelly popularity headed?

Nelly's popularity is at a mid point when measured against its most notable year.

Nelly's popularity has been moving upward for some time. In recent years however, the number of babies given the name Nelly has dropped.

The name Nelly is quite distinctive and has recently started to drift downward in popularity.

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   Nelly (Girl)Nelly (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 99 1,982 < 5 --
2017 127 1,687 < 5 --
2016 104 1,933 < 5 --
2015 121 1,733 6 11,664
2014 139 1,563 < 5 --
2013 130 1,642 < 5 --
2012 159 1,442 < 5 --
2011 147 1,512 < 5 --
2010 161 1,424 7 10,420
2009 193 1,265 < 5 --
2008 195 1,278 < 5 --
2007 208 1,209 5 13,812
2006 158 1,433 7 10,330
2005 150 1,430 7 9,833
2004 156 1,356 < 5 --
2003 159 1,306 7 9,322
2002 144 1,348 5 11,914
2001 119 1,569 < 5 --
2000 113 1,575 < 5 --
1999 85 1,869 < 5 --
1998 79 1,936 < 5 --
1997 84 1,797 < 5 --
1996 104 1,538 < 5 --
1995 96 1,584 < 5 --
1994 107 1,483 < 5 --
1993 97 1,588 < 5 --
1992 126 1,334 < 5 --
1991 91 1,651 < 5 --
1990 103 1,508 < 5 --
1989 73 1,830 < 5 --
1988 92 1,484 < 5 --
1987 79 1,587 < 5 --
1986 69 1,708 < 5 --
1985 83 1,487 < 5 --
1984 69 1,612 < 5 --
1983 69 1,624 < 5 --
1982 85 1,433 < 5 --
1981 81 1,497 < 5 --
1980 70 1,654 < 5 --
1979 62 1,759 < 5 --
1978 85 1,382 < 5 --
1977 73 1,510 < 5 --
1976 78 1,378 < 5 --
1975 62 1,596 < 5 --
1974 77 1,359 < 5 --
1973 54 1,680 < 5 --
1972 47 1,822 < 5 --
1971 48 1,845 < 5 --
1970 48 1,852 < 5 --
1969 37 2,089 < 5 --
1968 44 1,797 < 5 --
1967 42 1,804 < 5 --
1966 38 1,870 < 5 --
1965 35 1,978 < 5 --
1964 44 1,767 < 5 --
1963 42 1,806 < 5 --
1962 45 1,699 < 5 --
1961 39 1,856 < 5 --
1960 62 1,400 < 5 --
1959 56 1,444 < 5 --
1958 46 1,581 < 5 --
1957 37 1,801 < 5 --
1956 55 1,430 < 5 --
1955 57 1,344 < 5 --
1954 35 1,761 < 5 --
1953 30 1,857 < 5 --
1952 28 1,921 < 5 --
1951 19 2,372 < 5 --
1950 21 2,166 < 5 --
1949 21 2,193 < 5 --
1948 17 2,468 < 5 --
1947 28 1,848 < 5 --
1946 7 4,296 < 5 --
1945 15 2,313 < 5 --
1944 9 3,308 < 5 --
1943 12 2,806 < 5 --
1942 20 1,958 < 5 --
1941 9 3,181 < 5 --
1940 22 1,731 < 5 --
1939 21 1,715 < 5 --
1938 9 3,116 < 5 --
1937 19 1,828 < 5 --
1936 9 3,031 < 5 --
1935 14 2,275 < 5 --
1934 17 1,975 < 5 --
1933 14 2,245 < 5 --
1932 13 2,458 < 5 --
1931 20 1,785 < 5 --
1930 26 1,560 < 5 --
1929 15 2,274 < 5 --
1928 24 1,721 < 5 --
1927 17 2,229 < 5 --
1926 28 1,579 < 5 --
1925 26 1,688 < 5 --
1924 19 2,115 < 5 --
1923 22 1,880 < 5 --
1922 18 2,168 < 5 --
1921 20 2,027 < 5 --
1920 21 1,934 < 5 --
1919 17 2,133 < 5 --
1918 20 1,941 < 5 --
1917 24 1,587 < 5 --
1916 10 2,968 < 5 --
1915 18 1,861 < 5 --
1914 13 1,982 < 5 --
1913 14 1,652 < 5 --
1912 7 2,560 < 5 --
1911 < 5 -- < 5 --
1910 7 2,079 < 5 --
1909 7 1,906 < 5 --
1908 5 2,344 < 5 --
1907 7 1,764 < 5 --
1906 7 1,674 < 5 --
1905 5 2,148 < 5 --
1904 6 1,803 < 5 --
1903 8 1,408 < 5 --
1902 8 1,403 < 5 --
1901 9 1,203 < 5 --
1900 < 5 -- < 5 --
1899 < 5 -- < 5 --
1898 < 5 -- < 5 --
1897 6 1,503 < 5 --
1896 < 5 -- < 5 --
1895 6 1,543 < 5 --
1894 < 5 -- < 5 --
1893 5 1,590 < 5 --
1892 5 1,599 < 5 --
1891 < 5 -- < 5 --
1890 8 1,071 < 5 --
1889 < 5 -- < 5 --
1888 9 940 < 5 --
1887 9 832 < 5 --
1886 5 1,231 < 5 --
1885 9 784 < 5 --
1884 < 5 -- < 5 --
1883 8 739 < 5 --
1882 10 625 < 5 --
1881 < 5 -- < 5 --
1880 < 5 -- < 5 --

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.