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Origin or Ethnicity
Its source is Eleanor, an English name meaning "Compassion."
Nickname For: Eleanor, Ellen and Hellen
Compound Forms: Inell, Jenell, Jenelle, Jennell, Vernell, Wynell and Lucynell
Alternative Spellings: Nelle
Variant Forms: Lanell and Nella
The name Nell ranked 588th in popularity for females of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
''Aunt Nelly'' is a rhyming slang term for belly.
The phrase ''And did he marry poor, blind Nell?'' comes from a ballad written at the turn of the century and indicates skepticism or disbelief.
A ''nervous Nellie'' is an anxious person.
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