Also Nell or Nelly.
Of Greek and Occitan origin.
Sources mention that it derives from the medieval phrase “mine El”.
Other forms of the name are: Elena, Jelena, Noor, Nora, Lena, Elina.
Famous bearers are Nelly Furtado, Nellie McKay, Nelly Arcan.
Canadian singer Nelly Furtado, also a songwriter, is a characteristic successful bearer of the name.
She became widely known with her first single “I’m like a bird”, from her debut album “Whoa, Nelly!” and since then her records sold more than 40 million copies worldwide.