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Nellie (F)>

Nellie (female)

Pet Name for:Eileen (F) Eleanor (F) Ellen (F) Fenella (F) Helen (F) Nell (F)
Derivative(s):Cornelia (F)
Can be spelt:Nelly (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Private communications [CG, RK, MS]

English. Although normally a pet name for Helen or Ellen, Nellie has occasionally been recorded as a given name.  It may also be a pet name for Eileen (a derivative of the Irish form of Helen) or Eleanor.

There are other occasions when Nellie may be used as a rasonable pet name. One correspondent [CG] notes its use as a pet name for Cornelia and another [MS] has it for Fenella.