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27k
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since 1880
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2k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Nell

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  1. A diminutive of the female given names Eleanor, Ellen and Helen.

Notable Persons Named Nell

Nell Carter was an actress and singer. She was most prominent from 1970 to 1970. Nell was given the name Nell Ruth Hardy on September 13th, 1948 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S. Nell is also known as Nell Ruth Carter and Nell-Ruth Carter. She left this life on January 23rd, 2003.

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Nell Campbell is an actress and singer. Nell was given the name Laura Elizabeth Campbell on May 24th, 1953 in Sydney, Australia.

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Nell Tiger Free is an actress and singer. She was most prominent from 2012 to present. Nell was born on October 13th, 1999.

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Nell Gwyn was an actress, prostitute, actor, and prostitution. Nell was given the name Eleanor Gwyn on February 2nd, 1650 in St Martin in the Fields (parish). She left this life on November 14th, 1687.

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Nell Newman is an actress, biologist, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and entrepreneurship. Her ongoing career started in 1968. Nell was given the name Elinor Teresa Newman by her parents Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward on April 8th, 1959 in New York, New York, U.S. Nell is also known as Nell Potts.

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Nell Hudson is an actress and actor. Nell was born in 1991 in Worcestershire.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Nell

William Cooper Nell was a journalist, author, and civil servant. William was born on December 16th, 1816 in Boston, Massachusetts, US. He breathed his last breath on May 25th, 1874.

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Krista Nell was an actor and actress. Krista was given the name Doris Kristanel in 1946 in Austria. She passed away in 1975.

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Edward was born on July 16th, 1935 in Riverside, Illinois.

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James was born in 1938.

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Jeremy was born on March 16th, 1979 in Cape Town. Jeremy is also known as Jerm.

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How popular is the baby name Nell in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 77 77 0
1881 75 75 0
1882 103 103 0
1883 116 116 0
1884 120 120 0
1885 151 151 0
1886 175 175 0
1887 146 146 0
1888 188 188 0
1889 194 194 0
1890 221 221 0
1891 190 190 0
1892 216 216 0
1893 187 187 0
1894 215 215 0
1895 247 247 0
1896 215 215 0
1897 209 209 0
1898 246 246 0
1899 192 192 0
1900 261 256 5
1901 205 205 0
1902 247 247 0
1903 206 206 0
1904 226 226 0
1905 229 229 0
1906 241 241 0
1907 261 261 0
1908 288 288 0
1909 277 277 0
1910 324 318 6
1911 322 322 0
1912 422 422 0
1913 499 491 8
1914 530 530 0
1915 689 689 0
1916 729 722 7
1917 766 766 0
1918 696 687 9
1919 674 666 8
1920 661 661 0
1921 760 760 0
1922 653 646 7
1923 629 624 5
1924 641 636 5
1925 627 627 0
1926 531 531 0
1927 568 562 6
1928 504 498 6
1929 489 489 0
1930 511 511 0
1931 456 456 0
1932 483 483 0
1933 452 443 9
1934 427 427 0
1935 396 390 6
1936 352 352 0
1937 320 320 0
1938 331 331 0
1939 276 271 5
1940 295 295 0
1941 241 241 0
1942 261 261 0
1943 225 225 0
1944 176 176 0
1945 184 184 0
1946 197 197 0
1947 181 181 0
1948 182 182 0
1949 132 132 0
1950 157 157 0
1951 140 140 0
1952 128 128 0
1953 137 137 0
1954 109 109 0
1955 96 96 0
1956 106 106 0
1957 81 81 0
1958 88 88 0
1959 78 78 0
1960 85 85 0
1961 67 67 0
1962 42 42 0
1963 53 53 0
1964 49 49 0
1965 37 37 0
1966 30 30 0
1967 29 29 0
1968 32 32 0
1969 38 38 0
1970 36 36 0
1971 35 35 0
1972 34 34 0
1973 42 42 0
1974 43 43 0
1975 34 34 0
1976 28 28 0
1977 32 26 6
1978 26 26 0
1979 36 36 0
1980 40 40 0
1981 22 22 0
1982 28 28 0
1983 29 29 0
1984 28 28 0
1985 24 24 0
1986 22 22 0
1987 29 29 0
1988 25 25 0
1989 24 24 0
1990 31 31 0
1991 20 20 0
1992 20 20 0
1993 19 19 0
1994 19 19 0
1995 18 18 0
1996 36 36 0
1997 32 32 0
1998 32 32 0
1999 31 31 0
2000 28 28 0
2001 35 35 0
2002 23 23 0
2003 23 23 0
2004 19 19 0
2005 27 27 0
2006 30 30 0
2007 24 24 0
2008 20 20 0
2009 30 30 0
2010 24 24 0
2011 32 32 0
2012 32 32 0
2013 43 43 0
2014 42 42 0
2015 61 61 0
2016 70 70 0
2017 86 86 0

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Popularity of Nell as a first name

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Popularity of Nell as a last name

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Common last names for Nell

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Anderson
  • Allen
  • Harris
  • Young
  • Clark
  • Thomas

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nell U.S.
  White 84.85% 64.26%
  African American 7.65% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.87% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.29% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.39% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.95% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nell

People with the last name Nell are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Nell

  • How Popular is the name Nell? Nell is the 1,461st most popular name of all time. As a last name Nell was the 14,378th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nell have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 26,822 babies born with the first name Nell in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nell to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nell? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 77 new born babies.
  • When was Nell first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nell is Tuesday, December 3rd, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Nell born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nell was in 1917 with a total of 766 babies.
  • Random Nell Factoid: According to the 1911 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nell ranks 102nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, 29 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1911.
  • Weird things about the name Nell: Your name in reverse order is Llen. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nlel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nell? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 2,079 people with the last name Nell.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nell? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Nell as their last name since less than 1 person in 143k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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