Gender: Feminine
Origin: German

The name was originally a short form of Cornelia, now used exclusively as an independent given name.

Currently, Nele is the 18th-most popular female name in Germany, (2011).

The name is also used in the Netherlands and in Estonia.

An Estonian double form is Nele-Liis, which is borne by Estonian singer, Nele-Liis Vaiksoo (b.1984).