Gender Feminine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. NEHL

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.

Related Names

DiminutivesNellie, Nelly
Other Languages & CulturesHelena, Helene(Ancient Greek) Elen, Lena(Armenian) Elaine(Arthurian Romance) Alena(Belarusian) Elena, Eleonora(Bulgarian) Helena(Catalan) Helena, Jelena, Ela(Croatian) Helena, Alena, Elen, Helenka, Lenka(Czech) Elin, Ellen, Ellinor, Helen, Helena, Helene, Eli, Eline, Ella, Elna, Hella, Helle, Lena, Lene, Nora(Danish) Eleonora, Heleen, Helena, Eline, Ellen, Heleentje, Lena, Noor, Noortje, Nora(Dutch) Elena, Elina, Ellen, Helen, Helena, Jelena, Heli, Helle, Leena(Estonian) Elena, Eliina, Elina, Ellen, Helena, Eleonoora, Ella, Elli, Heleena, Heli, Leena, Lena, Nelli, Noora(Finnish) Aliénor, Eléonore, Hélène, Léna, Nelly(French) Elene, Lena(Georgian) Elena, Eleonora, Eleonore, Ellen, Helena, Helene, Lore, Alena, Ella, Hella, Lena, Lene, Leni, Leonore, Nora(German) Elena, Eleni, Eleonora, Lena(Greek) Helen, Helena, Helene(Greek Mythology) Eleonóra, Heléna, Ella, Léna, Nóra(Hungarian) Helena(Icelandic) Léan(Irish) Elena, Eleonora, Ileana, Leonora, Nora, Norina(Italian) Eleonora, Elīna, Helēna, Jeļena, Elēna, Ina, Līna, Nora(Latvian) Noor, Noortje(Limburgish) Elena, Jelena(Lithuanian) Elena(Macedonian) Elin, Ellen, Ellinor, Helen, Helena, Helene, Eli, Eline, Ella, Elna, Helle, Lena, Lene, Nora(Norwegian) Alienòr(Occitan) Eleonora, Helena, Helenka, Lena(Polish) Helena, Leonor, Lena(Portuguese) Elena, Ileana, Ilinca, Lenuța(Romanian) Elena, Eleonora, Yelena, Aliona, Alyona, Lena, Nelli(Russian) Elene(Sardinian) Eilionoir, Eilidh(Scottish Gaelic) Jelena(Serbian) Elena, Eleonóra, Helena, Alena, Lenka(Slovak) Helena, Jelena, Alena, Alenka, Ela(Slovene) Helena(Sorbian) Elena, Ileana, Leonor, Nora(Spanish) Eleonor, Eleonora, Elin, Elina, Ellen, Ellinor, Helen, Helena, Helene, Ella, Elna, Lena, Nellie, Nelly, Nora(Swedish) Eleonora, Olena, Lena(Ukrainian) Elen, Elin(Welsh)


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Entry updated February 28, 2019