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It's the name of two popular stars: Nelly (the hip-hop singer) and Nelly Furtado (a singer who is actually from Portugal).
Mary-Rach  5/12/2005
According to a Spanish site, Nelly means "God is my light" from a Hebrew origin.
nelly82  11/10/2005
This name is used in Russia occasionally.
Elfstone  11/21/2006
It's also the pet form of Manuela.
― Anonymous User  1/15/2007
In Bulgaria "Neli" (written "Nellie" or "Nelly" in English) is used as a pet form of "Nedyalka" (the stress is on the "ya"), "Nedelina" (the stress is on the [i]) and as a short form of "Nelia", "Nelia" is connected with the Bulgarian name "Anelia".
iva_toneva  11/25/2007
One of my favorite historic personages was George Washington's adopted granddaughter, Eleanor Parke Custis, who was affectionately called Nelly by friends and family.
ladyorient24  2/8/2008
I don't like the name. It doesn't sound mature, sophisticated, or dignified to me. It sounds girly and even quite old-fashioned, and it doesn't give the impression of high intelligence.
slight night shiver  5/1/2008
Singer Karel Gott and Ivana Macháčková have a daughter Nelly Sofie Gott, born 28th of May 2008, she weighed 3,16 Kg and she measured 49 cm.
Emilie007  5/29/2008
The first thing I think about when I hear the name Nelly is Nelly Oleson (sp?) in Little House on the Prairie. What a brat.
kateab1115  7/12/2008
Nelly Dean is one of the main characters in Emily Bronte's "Wuthering Heights." Her name is technically "Ellen" but goes by both throughout the novel. Nelly is the main narrator of the tragic story of the Earnshaws and Lintons.
JoReia  6/18/2009
Nelly is the main character in Claude Sautet's final film, "Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud" (1995). In it, Nelly is played by Emmanuelle Beart.
erb816  10/14/2010
This name is so wonderful, it's overflowing with youth and still maintaining maturity, especially when its original form, Nell/e is used. It also reminds me of Nelly (Nellie?) Lovett from Tim Burton's Sweeney Todd, which is a plus for me.
DaphneSusan  2/1/2011
I like this name, but I prefer the spelling Nellie, which looks way prettier and feminine to me, and it doesn't remind me of horrible singers like Nelly and Nelly furtado.
― Anonymous User  2/17/2013
The name Nelly was given to 158 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
Oohvintage  7/17/2013
I do like this name (with a preference on the ie spelling) but I couldn't name a child it because every time I hear it I think of the song 'Nelly the Elephant'.
Kimbo_anna  8/6/2013
The name Nelly has actually always been quite popular in France.
bonjour_mon_joli  8/25/2013
In Germany, Nelly is used as a short form of Cornelia (besides other short forms such as Nele, Neele, and Conny).
elbowin  7/10/2014
This is a sweet, cute name. ^^
― Anonymous User  8/6/2014
Alternate spelling is “Nayli”, there have been several accounts of this being used (My name is Nayli). Pronunciation is the same. My parents told me “Nayli” means ‘achievement’, as well.
VanEliBel  10/23/2014
Nelly Raimon (also known as Raimon Natsumi) is a character in Inazuma Eleven.
― Anonymous User  12/1/2014
Wuthering Heights' Nelly (real name Ellen) Dean.
Eileen1209864  5/2/2016
Nelly Karim is an Egyptian actress, fashion model and ballerina.
lilolaf  5/30/2016
The name Nelly was given to 121 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
My name is Nika, but one of my teachers gave me a nickname Nelly. Because she watched a movie about a little girl Nelly that loved swimming and because we were at the seaside with school and I also love swimming, she gave me the nickname Nelly. And I love that nickname. I would gladly name my daughter Nelly but I guess I would rather choose the Slovenian form Neli.
And not to forget we have a dog named Nelly.
avaGurl112  9/8/2016
Could also be short for Penelope.
Hushpuppy  11/3/2017
I do not like the name Nelly.
― Anonymous User  2/3/2018

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