Nellie

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150k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Nellie

"Nellie" is a name of English origin, and it means "Light". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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  1. A diminutive of the female given names Eleanor or Helen; popular as a formal given name at the turn of the 20th century.
  2. (rare) A diminutive of the male given name Nelson.

Nellie was also found in the following language(s): Swedish

Notable Persons Named Nellie

Polly Bergen was an actress, singer, writer, and entrepreneur. She was most active from 1949 to 2012. Polly was given the name Nellie Paulina Burgin on July 14th, 1930 in Knoxville, Tennessee, U.S. She died on September 20th, 2014.

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Nellie Bertram is a president of sabre's special projects, tallahassee, fl, special projects manager of dunder mifflin scranton, pa, and tallahassee (the office).

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Nellie Kim is a gymnast. Nellie was born on July 29th, 1957 in Shurab, Tajikistan.

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Nellie McClung was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and Legislative Assembly of Alberta. Nellie was born on October 20th, 1873 in Chatsworth, Ontario. She died on September 1st, 1951.

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Nella Larsen was a novelist, librarian, nursing, and nurse. Nella was given the name Nellie Walker by her parents Afro-Caribbean and Given name on April 13th, 1891 in Chicago. Nella is also known as Nellallitea Larsen, Nellye Larson, Nellie Larsen, and Nella Larsen Imes. She left this life on March 30th, 1964.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 1,001 995 6 #18 girl name
1881 1,103 1,096 7 #14 girl name
1882 1,144 1,138 6 #19 girl name
1883 1,246 1,246 0 #17 girl name
1884 1,426 1,417 9 #17 girl name
1885 1,438 1,432 6 #16 girl name
1886 1,497 1,492 5 #17 girl name
1887 1,467 1,457 10 #19 girl name
1888 1,744 1,736 8 #21 girl name
1889 1,760 1,752 8 #19 girl name
1890 1,830 1,821 9 #20 girl name
1891 1,656 1,647 9 #25 girl name
1892 1,747 1,738 9 #30 girl name
1893 1,786 1,770 16 #27 girl name
1894 1,778 1,767 11 #30 girl name
1895 1,842 1,833 9 #30 girl name
1896 1,702 1,696 6 #34 girl name
1897 1,699 1,693 6 #37 girl name
1898 1,816 1,810 6 #36 girl name
1899 1,516 1,510 6 #41 girl name
1900 1,862 1,850 12 #43 girl name
1901 1,463 1,454 9 #41 girl name
1902 1,572 1,566 6 #41 girl name
1903 1,491 1,491 0 #45 girl name
1904 1,560 1,560 0 #44 girl name
1905 1,633 1,626 7 #48 girl name
1906 1,603 1,596 7 #49 girl name
1907 1,678 1,671 7 #50 girl name
1908 1,764 1,757 7 #49 girl name
1909 1,768 1,768 0 #51 girl name
1910 1,934 1,928 6 #51 girl name
1911 1,872 1,866 6 #54 girl name
1912 2,375 2,365 10 #59 girl name
1913 2,651 2,645 6 #58 girl name
1914 2,959 2,952 7 #61 girl name
1915 3,690 3,679 11 #63 girl name
1916 3,871 3,862 9 #61 girl name
1917 3,821 3,808 13 #64 girl name
1918 4,057 4,048 9 #65 girl name
1919 3,738 3,726 12 #69 girl name
1920 3,776 3,763 13 #76 girl name
1921 3,523 3,512 11 #80 girl name
1922 3,282 3,274 8 #83 girl name
1923 3,193 3,185 8 #88 girl name
1924 3,095 3,076 19 #92 girl name
1925 2,945 2,935 10 #98 girl name
1926 2,741 2,723 18
1927 2,690 2,679 11
1928 2,357 2,343 14
1929 2,214 2,198 16
1930 2,227 2,212 15
1931 2,004 1,988 16
1932 1,994 1,977 17
1933 1,880 1,867 13
1934 1,849 1,835 14
1935 1,754 1,739 15
1936 1,675 1,666 9
1937 1,599 1,589 10
1938 1,467 1,454 13
1939 1,383 1,373 10
1940 1,306 1,299 7
1941 1,293 1,285 8
1942 1,217 1,206 11
1943 1,079 1,079 0
1944 1,010 1,010 0
1945 936 931 5
1946 885 885 0
1947 882 876 6
1948 891 891 0
1949 744 744 0
1950 757 757 0
1951 601 601 0
1952 638 638 0
1953 606 606 0
1954 551 551 0
1955 520 520 0
1956 486 486 0
1957 434 434 0
1958 381 381 0
1959 384 384 0
1960 364 364 0
1961 334 334 0
1962 266 266 0
1963 259 259 0
1964 262 262 0
1965 202 202 0
1966 213 213 0
1967 197 197 0
1968 165 165 0
1969 147 147 0
1970 161 161 0
1971 164 164 0
1972 151 151 0
1973 136 136 0
1974 156 156 0
1975 150 150 0
1976 131 131 0
1977 134 134 0
1978 143 143 0
1979 154 154 0
1980 138 138 0
1981 135 135 0
1982 127 127 0
1983 129 129 0
1984 114 114 0
1985 106 106 0
1986 96 96 0
1987 72 72 0
1988 97 97 0
1989 98 98 0
1990 118 118 0
1991 81 81 0
1992 82 82 0
1993 71 71 0
1994 75 75 0
1995 87 87 0
1996 76 76 0
1997 76 76 0
1998 86 86 0
1999 85 85 0
2000 68 68 0
2001 85 85 0
2002 93 93 0
2003 88 88 0
2004 97 97 0
2005 83 83 0
2006 99 99 0
2007 118 118 0
2008 113 113 0
2009 125 125 0
2010 118 118 0
2011 116 116 0
2012 139 139 0
2013 158 158 0
2014 183 183 0
2015 197 197 0
2016 200 200 0

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Popularity of Nellie as a first name

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Common last names for Nellie

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • White
  • Thomas
  • Jackson
  • Walker
  • Harris
  • Hall

Fun Facts about the name Nellie

  • How Popular is the name Nellie? Nellie is the 480th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Nellie have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 149,727 babies born with the first name Nellie in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nellie to occupy the country of Cura with an estimated population of 149,679 (as of March 26, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nellie? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 1,001 new born babies.
  • When was Nellie first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nellie is Monday, September 18th, 1865.
  • What year had the most people named Nellie born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nellie was in 1918 with a total of 4,048 babies. That's a lot of babies named Nellie!
  • Random Nellie Factoid: According to the 1912 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nellie ranks 79th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Colorado. Imagine that, 12 babies in Colorado have the same name as you in 1912.
  • Weird things about the name Nellie: Your name in reverse order is Eillen. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Inleel. How do you pronounce that?

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