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An (in)famous Australian coloratura soprano of the early 20th century, Nellie Melba (born Helen Porter Mitchell), carried this name. Melba was not a stellar actress and her personality was the image of the stereotypical demanding opera singer, but her beautiful voice made up for it.
gaelruadh19  7/28/2005
My cousin's name is Nellie, short for Chanel.
poetic_freedom  3/17/2006
This is my real name and I love it! It is unique but also classic. It isn't short for anything, although people always ask. It can be short for Cornelia, though.
nelirosala  6/26/2006
Nellie is an American Girl doll, best friend of Samantha.
flipflops5  3/3/2007
Can also be a nickname for Penelope.
Evil  10/7/2007
In Bulgaria "Nellie" is a widespread name, here it is also used as a pet form of "Nedyalka" (the stress is on the[ya]), it could be also a pet form of "Nedelina" (the stress is on the [i]).
iva_toneva  11/25/2007
In Bulgaria "Neli" (written "Nellie" in English) is also used as a short form of "Nelia", "Nelia" is connected with the Bulgarian name "Anelia".
iva_toneva  11/25/2007
Nellie Starr is the name of an 1838 Indian girl from the Sisters In Time series.
Patricia Underwood  2/16/2008
In the popular Rodgers & Hammerstein stage musical 'South Pacific,' Nellie Forbush is the lead female character. In the musical's original 1949 production, the character was portrayed by Mary Martin (who won a Tony Award for the role). In the 1958 film adaptation, the character was portrayed by Mitzi Gaynor. In the 2001 made-for-television film adaptation, the character was portrayed by Glenn Close.
AndrewJKD  4/7/2008
Nellie is part of my full name, which is Nelliemar. Many people have this name, as I have researched, but there's no ethiology or meaning for that particular variation. Anybody knows about this?
nelliemar  5/23/2008
Nellie is the nickname of Reneesme from Stephanie Meyer's popular Twilight Saga, from Breaking Dawn, the fourth book.
Sori  8/14/2008
Renesmee's nickname is NeSSie, (ReNESmee, get it?) not NeLLie.
DaphneSusan  2/1/2011
I believe that this is the first name of Mrs. Lovett in Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Stree". This character was played by Helena Bonham-Carter.
― Anonymous User  8/23/2008
Tennis players Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová have a daughter Nellie Kordová.
Emilie007  9/5/2008
This name is adorable and spunky! I absolutely love it and would totally use. :D
silly_rabbit  11/5/2008
Nellie Bly, an American journalist, author, industrialist, and charity worker, is a famous bearer. (
― Anonymous User  11/28/2008
My name is Nellie Teresa. I was named after my grandmother (Nellie) from Germany. She would have been born around 1880 a popular name for the period. Nellie is a derivative of Helen/Eleanor and means "light." When you consider that Helen of Troy was considered the most beautiful woman in the world and Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most respected and intelligent woman of our nation HOW CAN YOU NOT ADMIRE THE NAME?
ningraham  3/24/2009
Nellie Oleson, anyone?
― Anonymous User  2/15/2010
Yes, Nellie Oleson, rival of Laura Ingalls Wilder in her Little House books. There is also a comedy group called the Nellie Olesons.
blondieboo629  7/31/2011
Nellie McKay (born Nell Marie McKay) is an English-born American singer-songwriter, actress, and former stand-up comedienne.
jalopy  4/1/2010
I like this name, because I like the character Nellie Lovett of "Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street." It's sweet, cute, and feminine. A nice name for a daughter.
Black_X  5/30/2010
I love this name, it reminds me of gorgeous Tim Burton-esque ladies dressed in corsets and living in filthy 19th-century England, probably because of the character Nellie (Nelly?) Lovett from Sweeney Todd.
DaphneSusan  2/1/2011
Actress Polly Bergen was born Nellie Paulina Burgin.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2013
The name Nellie was given to 136 baby girls born in the US in 2012. I wish this name was used more often, it's absolutely adorable!
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I have never personally been a fan of this name, I don't know why. :( But I think its short and easy to remember!
Gio123  9/19/2013
Honestly, I love the name Nellie. Not only is it unique, but it's my own name!
spencen  11/6/2014
The name Nellie was given to 195 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
Nellie Vladimirovna Kim is a retired Soviet gymnast who won three gold medals and a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, and two gold medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics. She was the second woman in Olympic history to earn a perfect 10 score and the first woman to score it on the vault and on the floor exercise, rivaling Nadia Comăneci, Ludmilla Tourischeva, and other strong competitors of the 1970s. Nellie Kim worked for a long time as a coach, training several national teams, and judged many major international competitions. As President of the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee, she coordinates the introduction of new rules in women's gymnastics, as provided by the new Code of Points, developed by the FIG in 2004–2005 and in effect since 2006. Her gymnastic appearances are remembered for "her strong feminine, temperamental and charismatic appeal".
cutenose  2/16/2017
I think this name is cute. Even though it's old fashioned I think it still works on little girls.
Katesnames15  4/23/2017
Adorable name, my mom calls me this as a nickname. (My real name is Brianna but she wanted to name me Nellie.) This could be a nickname for Prunella, Antonella, Jenelle and I've even met a man named Darnell who went by this.
TheGreatCornholio  2/9/2018

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