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Meaning and Name Origin

El \el\ as a name for girls. The name El means "other, foreign". El is a derivative of Eleanor (Old French, Old German). Not regularly used as a birth name for girls.


El has 1 variant: Elle.

El has 32 more related forms via Eleanor: Aline, Eileen, Elaine, Elanor, Elen, Elena, Eleni, Elenor, Elinor, Ella, Ellen, Ellene, Elli, Ellie, Ellin, Elly, Ellyn, Elna, Elnora, Elora, Elyn, Enora, Helen, Lena, Lina, Nelda, Nell, Nelle, Nelli, Nelly, Nora and Nore.


El is a rare given name for females but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#30474 out of 88799, Top 34%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of El and related names. Popular related forms of El (#unlisted) rated in the Top 1000 are Aline, Eileen (#711 last year), Elaine (#654), Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Elenor, Elinor, Ella (#17), Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Ellie (#55), Elna, Elnora, Helen (#404), Lena (#279), Lina (#767), Nelda, Nell, Nelle, Nelly and Nora (#49). Usage of these girl names reached its most widespread during 1900-1909 and has become much lower since, with versions such as Elnora, Helen, Nelda, Nell and Nelle falling out of fashion. The more fashionable birth names here are Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Ellie (#55), Lena (#279) and Nora (#49), with Eleanor, Ellie, Lena and Nora having a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aline, Eileen, Elaine, Eleanor, Elena, Elenor, Elinor, Ella, Elle, Ellen in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ellie, Elna, Elnora, Helen, Lena, Lina, Nelda, Nell, Nelle, Nelly in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nora in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elaine, Eleanor, Ella, Elle, Ellen outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ellie, Lena, Lina, Nora outside U.S.

Similar Names

El is alike in pronunciation to Al. Other suggested similar baby names are Eila, Eily, Ela, Elah, Eli, Elia, Els, Em and Eula. These names tend to be more frequently used than El.