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GenderFeminine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.NEL
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Meaning & History

Medieval diminutive of names beginning with El, such as ELEANOR, ELLEN (1) or HELEN. It may have arisen from the medieval affectionate phrase mine El, which was later reinterpreted as my Nel.
DiminutivesNellie, Nelly
Other Languages & CulturesShelena African American Helena, Helene Ancient Greek Elaine Arthurian Romance Elena, Eleonora Bulgarian Helena, Jelena Croatian Helena, Alena, Lenka Czech Eleonora, Elin, Ellinor, Helen, Helena, Helene, Eli, Ella, Lena, Lene, Nora Danish Eleonora, Heleen, Helena, Ellen, Heleentje, Noor, Noortje, Nora Dutch Helena, Jelena, Leena Estonian Eliina, Elina, Helena, Eleonoora, Ella, Elli, Heleena, Heli, Leena, Noora Finnish Eléonore, Hélène French Elene Georgian Elena, Eleonora, Eleonore, Helena, Helene, Lore, Alena, Lena, Lene, Leni, Leonore, Nora German Elena, Eleni, Eleonora, Elli, Lena Greek Helen, Helena, Helene Greek Mythology Eleonóra, Heléna, Nóra Hungarian Helena Icelandic Léan Irish Elena, Eleonora, Ileana, Leonora, Lora, Lorita, Nora, Norina Italian Elīna, Helēna, Jeļena, Jelena Latvian Noor, Noortje Limburgish Elena, Jelena Lithuanian Elena Macedonian Eleonora, Elin, Ellinor, Helen, Helena, Helene, Eli, Ella, Lena, Lene, Nora Norwegian Aliénor Occitan Eleonora, Helena, Lena Polish Helena, Leonor, Lena Portuguese Elena, Ileana, Ilinca, Lenuța Romanian Elena, Eleonora, Yelena, Alyona, Lena Russian Elene Sardinian Eilionoir, Eilidh Scottish Jelena Serbian Elena, Helena, Alena, Lenka Slovak Helena, Jelena, Alena, Alenka Slovene Elena, Ileana, Leonor Spanish Eleonor, Eleonora, Elin, Elina, Ellinor, Helen, Helena, Helene, Ella, Lena, Nora Swedish Eleonora, Olena, Lesya Ukrainian Elen, Elin Welsh

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Entry updated March 14, 2016   Contribute