Baby Names: Names Starting with N


NEHEMIAH: From the Hebrew for "God's compassion." Relative: Nemiah. Namesake: Nehemiah Wilson.

NELLIE: An abbreviated form of Eleanor, Helen, or Cornelia. Relatives: Nelly, Nellis, Nelle, Nell, Nela, Nelda, Nelia, Nella, Nelita, Nelina, Nellwyn. Namesakes: Nelly Bly, Nell Gwyn, "Nervous Nelly."

NELSON: Old English for "son of a champion." Relatives: Nealson, Neilson, Nilson, Nelly, Nellie. Namesakes: Nelson Rockefeller, Nelson Eddy, Nelson Mandela, Lord Nelson, Nellie Fox.

NEROLI: Italian for "orange blossom" Since the time of the Crusades when soldiers brought them back from the Middle East, orange blossoms have represented enduring love. Relatives: Nerolia, Nerolie, Neroly, Nerole.

NESSA: Old Norse for "headland." Relatives: Nesa, Nissa, Nessie. Namesake: Nessie, the Loch Ness monster.

NESTOR: From the Greek for "traveler" or "wisdom." Relatives: Nesta, Nest. Namesakes: King Nestor, Nestor Chylak.

NEVA: Spanish for "covered in snow." The state of Nevada is so named for its snow-capped Sierra peaks. Relatives: Nevia, Nevea, Nevita, Nevada. Namesake: Nevada Smith.

NEVILLE: Old French for "from the new farmland." Like Nigel, Neville is more popular in the British Commonwealth. Relatives: Nevil, Nevile, Newland, Nev, Nevelson. Namesakes: Neville Chamberlain, Neville Brand, Nevil Shute.

NEVIN: Irish Gaelic for "worshiper," Old English for "middle," and German for "nephew." Considering Kevin and Devin have such a following, it's surpising Nevin hasn't fared better. Relatives: Nevins, Neven. Namesake: Allan Nevins.

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