Nelly name meaning

Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Nelly mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Nelly

User Submitted Origins

African Dutch (Afrikaans)
Native American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Uganda says the name Nelly means "Bright and light one".
  2. A submission from South Africa says the name Nelly means "Light" and is of English origin.
  3. According to a user from Canada, the name Nelly is of Canadian origin and means "Beautiful light".
  4. A user from California, U.S. says the name Nelly is of Greek origin and means "Wonderful woman".
  5. A submission from Virginia, U.S. says the name Nelly means "A smart but talented, mysterious women".
  6. A user from New York, U.S. says the name Nelly means "Zest".
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International Interest
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  1. A spelling variant of Nellie, a diminutive of the female given names Eleanor and Helen.
  2. One of the Frazier Islands where nellies breed.
  3. A surname​.

Nelly was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Nelly

Notable Persons Named Nelly

Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 1996. Nelly was given the name Nelly Kim Furtado on December 2nd, 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.


He holds the title Hot in Herre" and Just a Dream". He has been prominent since 1993. Nelly was given the name Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. on November 2nd, 1974 in , U.S.

Nelly Sachs

Nelly Sachs was a poetry and playwright. Nelly was given the name Leonie Sachs on December 10th, 1891 in Schöneberg, Germany. She died on May 12th, 1970.

Nelly Arcan

Nelly Arcan was a writer. Nelly was given the name Isabelle Fortier on March 5th, 1973 in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. She left this life on September 24th, 2009.

Carolina Tejera

Carolina Tejera is an actress and model. Carolina was given the name Nelly Carolina Tejera on October 14th, 1976 in Caracas.

Nelly Karim

Nelly Karim is an actor, model, ballerina, and ballet dancer. Nelly was born on December 18th, 1974 in Alexandria.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Nelly

Notable Persons With the Last Name Nelly


He holds the title Hot in Herre" and Just a Dream". He has been prominent since 1993. Nelly was given the name Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. on November 2nd, 1974 in , U.S.

Alisheva Nelly

Alisheva was born on December 20th, 1983.

Harry Nelly

Harry was born on January 1st, 1878 in West Virginia. Harry is also known as Nelly, Henry Meredith; Nelly, and Henry M.. He breathed his last breath on December 14th, 1928.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Nelly U.S.
  White 54.72% 64.26%
  African American 27.95% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 3.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.24% 16.26%

Of Last Name Nelly

People with the last name Nelly are most frequently White, African American, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Nelly

  • How Popular is the name Nelly? Nelly is the 3,187th most popular name of all time. As a last name Nelly was the 75,799th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Nelly have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 6,970 babies born with the first name Nelly in the United States. That's more than enough people named Nelly to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Nelly? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1882 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Nelly first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Nelly is Tuesday, November 9th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Nelly born? The highest recorded use of the first name Nelly was in 2007 with a total of 208 babies.
  • Random Nelly Factoid: According to the 1982 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Nelly is not a popular baby girl's name in Texas. Imagine that, only 26 babies in Texas have the same name in 1982.
  • Weird things about the name Nelly: The name spelled backwards is Yllen. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ylnel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Nelly? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 254 people with the last name Nelly.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Nelly? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Nelly as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.1m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Nelly name meaning

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