It's really a stupid name, I mean, Smelly Nelly?
This is what Heathcliff calls Ellen Dean in the novel Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.
Don’t like the sound. The ‘n’ doesn’t bother me, it’s the ‘elly’ that I don’t like. It just doesn’t sound nice in my opinion.
In Poland, this name is rare.
I grew up to think Nelly was another word for the female breast. Lmao.
Also used in Estonia:
I really really like Nelly! I think I always have. It's quite logical that I would like it because I love Helen(a), Eleanor, Cornelia... and I like sweet, vintage, girly nicknames. I slightly prefer Nelly as a nickname for something longer, but it's good on its own as well. I think the spelling Nellie is slightly more aesthetically pleasing and I just like it a little more, though it used to be the other way around in the past and I liked Nelly a bit more. I really like how sweet and girly, gentle but lively at the same time this name is, no matter the spelling. I could happily name my potential daughter Helena or Kornelia and nickname her to Nelly/Nellie/Neli sometimes.
Nelly was the name of one of the English US speech synthesisers developed by Acapela Group. It was a little girl voice and its boy counterpart was called Kenny. Neither is being developed or distributed any longer, probably as they were quite artificial sounding and now Acapela has much more natural children voices.
Nelly Daltrey is the drummer in a Swedish band Pale Honey.
With the popularity of Helena and Kornelia, steadily rising popularity of Aniela, and trendiness (albeit lessening) of Nel, Nela, Nella and Nelia, Nelly has its fans in Poland as well. Last year (2019) 14 baby girls were given the name Nelly as a first name, which means the name was #275 in the girls' first names' ranking. As a middle name it was used for 2 girls and was #544. Nellie was also used as both a first and a middle. There are 867 women having Nelly as their first name in Poland, and 119 who have it as a middle.
Nelly could also work as a diminutive of some of the above mentioned names like Helena, Kornelia, Aniela, Eleonora, Nel(l)a, Nel(l), Nelia, Penelopa, Petronela, even Angelika/Angela/Angelina as they are relatives of Aniela, or perhaps Daniela or Noelia though the latter is very rare. Linguistically, the spelling Neli would be preferred however as this is more intact with the Polish phonetics.
Since Nelly comes from Nell which is a diminutive of Helen and Eleanor, a Nelly in Poland could celebrate her name days either with Helenas (2nd March, 23rd April, 22nd May, 31st July, 18th August and quite a few other dates) or with Eleonoras (21st February, 19th December) or perhaps with Lenas (10th November). Nelly could be nicknamed to Nel (I know I just said that it's Nelly who works as a nickname of Nel but it can work the other way round just as well, Poles are very creative with their nicknames), Nela (as above), Nelka, Nelunia, Nelusia, Nelcia, Nelisia, Neliśka etc. Etc. Whatever strikes your fancy really, most of these nicknames would also work for a Nela or a Nel.
It's a cute nickname for Elinor.
In Bulgaria the name Neli is frequently used as an independent name.
It can also be a shortened form for Nedelya, which means "Sunday"
The name day in Bulgaria for Neli is July 7, the same day as for all the names related to Nedelya. [noted -ed]
I do not like the name Nelly.
Could also be short for Penelope.
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.
The name Nelly was given to 121 girls born in the US in 2015.
Nelly Karim is an Egyptian actress, fashion model and ballerina.
Wuthering Heights' Nelly (real name Ellen) Dean.
Nelly Raimon (also known as Raimon Natsumi) is a character in Inazuma Eleven.
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.
This is a sweet, cute name. ^^
In Germany, Nelly is used as a short form of Cornelia (besides other short forms such as Nele, Neele, and Conny).
The name Nelly has actually always been quite popular in France.
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'.
The name Nelly was given to 158 baby girls born in the US in 2012.
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.
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.
Nelly is the main character in Claude Sautet's final film, "Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud" (1995). In it, Nelly is played by Emmanuelle Beart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of my favorite historic personages was George Washington's adopted granddaughter, Eleanor Parke Custis, who was affectionately called Nelly by friends and family.
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".
It's also the pet form of Manuela.
This name is used in Russia occasionally.
According to a Spanish site, Nelly means "God is my light" from a Hebrew origin.
It's the name of two popular stars: Nelly (the hip-hop singer) and Nelly Furtado (a singer who is actually from Portugal).

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