[ 2 syll. nel-lie, ne-ll-ie ] The baby girl name Nellie is also used as a boy name, though it is far more popular for girls. It is pronounced NEHL-iy- †. Nellie's origin is Latin, Old Provençal, Old Greek, and Old English, and its use, English.
Nellie is a familiar form of the Dutch, English, German, Italian, and Romanian Cornelia in the English language.
Nellie is also a familiar form of the English Eleanor.
Nellie is also a familiar form of the Dutch, English, and Scandinavian Ellen in the English language.
Nellie is also a familiar form of the English Helen.
Nellie is also a familiar form of the English Nell.
Nellie is also a familiar form of the English and German Penelope in the English language.
See also the related form, the name Yaneli.
Nellie is uncommon as a baby girl name. In 1900, 0.582% of baby girls were named Nellie. It was #43 in rank then. The baby name has seen a substantial drop in frequency since then, and is of only irregular use today. In 2018, within the family of girl names directly related to Nellie, Penelope was the most frequently used. Nellie has primarily been a baby girl name in the last century. In 1901, 73 times more baby girls than boys were given the name Nellie.
† Pronunciation for Nellie: N as in "knee (N.IY)" ; EH as in "ebb (EH.B)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Nellie:
Journalist Nellie Bly, born Elizabeth Jane Cochran 5 May 1864 - 27 January 1922, Cochran's Mills, Pennsylvania.
Opera Singer Nellie Melba, born Helen Porter Mitchell 19 May 1861 - 23 February 1931, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.