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What does El mean?

El \el\ as a name for girls is of Old French and Old German origin, and the name El means "other, foreign". El is a derivative of Eleanor (Old French, Old German).


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 (#20982 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)

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 the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.6058%) and has become much lower since (usage 0.3721%, down 38.6%), 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), and there is a revival in birth name usage for Eleanor, Ellie, Lena and Nora. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of El and related names. (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.