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Of what name is "Nellie" the diminutive?

Question #138231. Asked by penguintrivia.
Last updated Aug 28 2021.
Originally posted Nov 18 2014 5:17 AM.

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Nellie is a diminutive of Nell.


Response last updated by gtho4 on Aug 28 2021.
Nov 18 2014, 6:06 AM
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It is also he diminutive of Ellen and Eleanor, and their variations.


Nov 18 2014, 6:25 AM
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Nellie is usually given as a diminutive form of Nell, itself derived from Eleanor, Ellen or Helen. (I named my daughter Nell, as a variant on the family's use of Eleanor in a number of names.)

According to 'Behind the Name', Nell is a "Medieval diminutive of ELEANOR, ELLEN (1) or HELEN. It may have arisen from the medieval affectionate phrase mine El, which was later reinterpreted as my Nel.

VARIANTS: Elea, Ella, Ellie, Elly, Lenore, Elle, Leanora, Lenora, Nelle, Nora, Norah
DIMINUTIVES: Nellie, Nelly"


Nov 18 2014, 3:26 PM
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Nellie can also be the diminutive of the male name Nelson, as in baseball hall of famer Jacob Nelson (Nellie) Fox.

Nov 19 2014, 10:24 AM
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