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Little Nell was a character in Charles Dickens' novel The Old Curiosity Shop. She dies tragically and melodramatically in the story. The moniker "Little Nell" has also been adopted by Laura Campbell, who played Columbia in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
-- WeloveyouJesseLacey  11/13/2005
Nell was a 1994 film starring Jodie Foster.
-- Anonymous User  12/28/2005
Nell Gwynn was the mistress of King Charles II.
-- hana  1/27/2006
I like this name, so long as people don't call the person "Nelly." That makes me think of horses or cows, even in reference to Nelly Furtado, which is unfortunate for her.

Nell is a very grown-up name, in my opinion, while not implying that the person is old, either.
-- Anonymous User  4/7/2006
Nell can also be a nickname for Penelope.
-- jc  7/30/2006
Every Nell I know had the full name Ellen. I think that should be counted too. :)
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-- Anonymous User  4/6/2007
"Nell" reminds me of the beautiful name "Nelia", which is used in Bulgaria, here "Nelia" is connected with "Neli" (written "Nellie" in English) and the Bulgarian name "Anelia".
-- iva_toneva  11/25/2007
It's quite plain and minimalist, but it beats Nelly and Nella, which sound too girly and cutesy for my taste.
-- slight night shiver  5/1/2008
Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton's daughter's name is Nell.
-- Anonymous User  8/5/2008
Nell is country singer Reba McEntire's middle name.
-- WilderThanBridget  10/25/2008
Means "stone".
-- Anonymous User  7/9/2009
Nell is the little Arancar girl in Bleach.
-- egyptianpanda  8/21/2009
I personally love this name, my name is Helen and I've always wanted to be called Nell but it never caught on. :( Still love the name, it suits all age groups- though I agree that Nelly is not as nice.
-- Hehehe  10/15/2009
This name is so pretty and spunky and still old fashioned. Sadly, it's a bit too nickname-y and incomplete sounding to be a substantial name for a child (same with Nelle, Nella, Nellie, etc.) But I'd name a daughter Ellen or Penelope just to call her by the prettier and spunkier Nell/y!
-- DaphneSusan  2/1/2011
This name is so cute and a way better alternative to Nelly! I also reeeaalllly like Bleach so I would probably use Nelliel with the nickname Nell.
-- ccourtneyw  11/3/2011
I like the name Nelle/Nell, but prefer it spelt Nelle. Nell seems like it's missing something. And I love Nellie for a nickname, but not Nelly. That seems tacky.
-- DaisyGraceBaker  7/7/2014
Nell is a very cute, friendly name! I personally prefer Nell to be used as a middle name or nickname and Nelly used as a legit forename. :)
-- Anonymous User  2/7/2015
It comes from the phrase "Mine Eleanor". "Mine El" is not a thing.
-- Eievie  9/7/2015
'El' in the Bible is the name of God. "Mine El" could have been short for "mine Eleanor," but it could also have referred to God. This would have been a highly respectful phrase (not meant sacrilegiously), either lovingly addressing God, or used as an endearment (similar to the Spanish phrase "my life"). Perhaps both.
-- BetseyTrotwood  11/24/2015

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