Other Origin(s):Arabic, Irish, Latin
Meaning:Horn; Merciful, pity; Bright, shining one; God is my light; Cloud; Champion
Though simple in spelling and sound, Nel is a delightfully uplifting girl’s name with oodles of meaning. As a Greek name, Nel began as a nickname for Helen or Ellen, meaning “bright, shining one.” Nel may also come from a Greek word meaning “merciful” or “pity.” Its Latin roots show Nel’s link to Cornelia, meaning “horn.” As an Arabic title, Nel means “God is my light” for the little star on a righteous path. Nel also has Irish origins as a form of Néill, possibly derived from the words nél, meaning “cloud,” or niadh, meaning “champion.” No matter what draws you to this lyrical appellation, sweet and concise Nel shines as a lovely choice abundant in honor.
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