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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Nel

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Alt. Meaning

N is for normal, step outside of the box!

E is for exotic, no lack of spirit here!

L is for lively, your life is full of energy!

Notable Persons Named Nel

Nel was born on January 19th, 1929.


Nel was born on January 17th, 1926 in Hilversum, the Netherlands. She left this life on January 4th, 2006.


Nel was born on February 14th, 1906 in 25. He died on January 12th, 1956.


Nel was born on November 23rd, 1947 in Willemstad.


Nel was born on August 29th, 1936 in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands. She left this life on October 8th, 2001.


Nel was born on December 6th, 1931 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She breathed her last breath on February 5th, 2013.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Nel

Gerrie was born in 1961. Gerrie is also known as Nel and Gerhard.


Elizabeth was born on June 14th, 1917. She breathed her last breath on October 30th, 2007.


W.P. was born on April 30th, 1986 in Loeriesfontein.


André Nel is a cricketer. André was born on June 15th, 1977 in Germiston, South Africa.



Nianell is an adult contemporary music singer-songwriter. She has been prominent since 1990. Nianell was given the name Sonia Aletta Nel in 1971 in Omaruru, Namibia.


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Popularity of Nel as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nel U.S.
  White 81.87% 64.26%
  African American 8.77% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.26% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.05% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nel

People with the last name Nel are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Nel

  • How Popular is the name Nel? Nel is the 39,194th most popular name of all time. As a last name Nel was the 59,171st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nel have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 84 babies born with the first name Nel in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nel to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nel? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1908 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Nel first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nel is Tuesday, April 9th, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Nel born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nel was in 2013 with a total of 11 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Nel: Your name in reverse order is Len. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Len. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nel? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 342 people with the last name Nel.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nel? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Nel as their last name since less than 1 person in 833k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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