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Nell Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Nell is of Greek and English origin.

The meaning of Nell is "light".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 3737  in baby name popularity for girls with 41 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Nell Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Nell has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Nell to other names.


The name Eleanor is derived from the French form of the Provencal name Alienor.


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Related Names

Nell is a diminutive (nickname) of Eleanor, Ellen, Helen.

Variants of the name Nell include Nelle.

The name Neile is a form of Nell.

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Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Nell in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Nell.

Just for fun, see the name Nell in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Nell in Nautical Flags page.

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English names generally consist of a given name, middle name and family name. Many English speaking countries have fairly flexible naming laws. This allows the multicultural families that live in these countries to merge the naming conventions of their faiths or previous nationalities with their current homeland.

Biblical names are still very prevelant. Nature, literature, mythology, celebrity, surnames, variants of traditional names and newly invented names are all sources of English given names.

The evolution of English names in the U.K. can be traced to the various conquests and ruling power changes of its early history. The evolution of English names in America has been more influenced by the various influxes of immigrants from different parts of the world during different times in its history.