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Girl Name: Nell

Name: Nell
Pronunciation: \n(e)-ll\
Gender / Sex: girl name girl
Meaning: horn; sun ray, shining light
Origin: Latin
Sounds Like: Nella, Nela, Neel, Nelli, Nelle, Nel, Noell
Similar Names: Dell, Bell
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 588
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 11810


Nell \n(e)-ll\ as a girl's name is a variant of Cornelia (Latin), Eleanor (Greek), Helen (Greek) and Nelly (English), and the meaning of Nell is "horn; sun ray, shining light". See also Denelle, Ellen and Wynell.

The baby name Nell sounds like Nella, Nela, Neel, Nelli, Nelle, Nel and Noell. Other similar baby names are Dell and Bell.

View a list of the 7 names that reference Nell.


Nell is a very popular first name for women (#588 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#11810 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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