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I can see teasing in school “smelly Nellie”.
― Anonymous User  9/28/2020
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I really love this name! It may just be because it’s my middle name but I still think that this is an amazing name! I have considered going by it. It’s just so different and pretty!
Krystyna G.  9/24/2020
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Sounds too much like Smelly. Nell is much more dignified.
lydiaq  7/28/2020
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The name of Marlowe's ship in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.
ari.  2/21/2020
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I love love love the name Nellie! I always have. I love it both on its own and as a nickname of a longer name - because I like or love all of those names that I know that Nellie could possibly be a nickname of. I love Helen(a) to pieces and Cornelia has a huge emotional significance to me. I think I prefer Nellie as a nickname, it's cute and lovely on its own but I just usually prefer using a longer name with a cutesy nickname. Also, all the Nel- names are or rather have been awfully trendy in Poland for some 20 years now among parents with more modern tastes (not Nellie itself but Nela or Nel for example) so I would not use Nellie on its own here as I wouldn't like it to feel pretentious and for her to be one of many girls with very similar names in her generation. So I would rather use Helena or Kornelia (or maybe even Aniela?) and call her Nellie/Neli at times. If I lived in an English-speaking country I would be more likely to call my child just Nellie but probably wouldn't either.
Nellie has such an angelic vibe to me. It sounds quite childish but I can see it aging well (although I don't know anyone with this name). The Nellie Oleson association doesn't ruin it for me. I guess that the fact I think it is angelic could be because the first Nellie I've ever heard of was little Nellie of the Holy God (Ellen Organ, an Irish child who was very saintly and died at a very young age, about 4 or so, if I remember correctly. I think that Ellie ages better though.
mairinn  1/12/2020
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Nellie Fors (also known mononymously as Nellie) is a Swedish singer.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2020
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Nel- names have been quite trendy in Poland and as a result, in 2018, 4 baby girls were given the name Nellie (there is no complete data for 2019 yet) and it was #698 in the girls' ranking. Additionally, there were 2413 Kornelias (#26), 1547 Nelas (#40, this is a short form of names such as Petronela, Aniela, Kornelia or Helena), 213 Nels (#101, Nel is a well-known name in Poland because of a literary character Nel Rowlison of "In Desert and Wilderness" by Henryk Sienkiewicz", 24 Nellas (#218), 20 Nelias (#236), 17 Nellies (Nelly, not Nellie, #253), 13 Nells (#276), 6 Cornelias (#378), 4 Chanels (#458), 4 Nellis (#480) and 2 Anelias (#596).
― Anonymous User  1/12/2020
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Also used in Sweden. It's been in the top 100 for a long time. It was most popular around 2010. [noted -ed]
Beautiful Victory  12/8/2019
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What a great name! Always has been my favorite N name for a girl. It can also be a nickname for Eleanor, Janelle, Cornelia, etc.
― Anonymous User  1/21/2019
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In 2018, 83 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Nellie who is registered female with the Social Security Administration. It is the 794th most common female first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
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Adorable.
kayisforkeen  8/30/2018
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Nellie Tayloe Ross was the 14th Governor of Wyoming, as well as the first woman to be sworn in as governor of any U.S. state.
That70sShowGeek  6/23/2018
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Also short for Cornelia. Used as an independent name too. Possibly ruined for many by the "mean girl" Nellie Olsen on Little House on the Prairie.
Nifty_Name_Nerd  6/1/2018
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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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I think this name is cute. Even though it's old fashioned I think it still works on little girls.
Katesnames15  4/23/2017
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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
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The name Nellie was given to 195 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/13/2016
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Honestly, I love the name Nellie. Not only is it unique, but it's my own name!
spencen  11/6/2014
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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
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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
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Actress Polly Bergen was born Nellie Paulina Burgin.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2013
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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
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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
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Nellie McKay (born Nell Marie McKay) is an English-born American singer-songwriter, actress, and former stand-up comedienne.
jalopy  4/1/2010
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Nellie Oleson, anyone?
― Anonymous User  2/15/2010
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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
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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
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Nellie Bly, an American journalist, author, industrialist, and charity worker, is a famous bearer. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nellie_Bly)
― Anonymous User  11/28/2008
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This name is adorable and spunky! I absolutely love it and would totally use. :D
silly_rabbit  11/5/2008
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Tennis players Petr Korda and Regina Rajchrtová have a daughter Nellie Kordová.
Emilie007  9/5/2008
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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
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Nellie is the nickname of Reneesme from Stephanie Meyer's popular Twilight Saga, from Breaking Dawn, the fourth book.
Sori  8/14/2008
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Renesmee's nickname is NeSSie, (ReNESmee, get it?) not NeLLie.
DaphneSusan  2/1/2011
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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
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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
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Nellie Starr is the name of an 1838 Indian girl from the Sisters In Time series.
Patricia Underwood  2/16/2008
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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
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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
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Can also be a nickname for Penelope.
Evil  10/7/2007
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Nellie is an American Girl doll, best friend of Samantha.
flipflops5  3/3/2007
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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
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My cousin's name is Nellie, short for Chanel.
poetic_freedom  3/17/2006
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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

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