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Meaning and name origin

El \el\ as a girl's name is of Old French and Old German origin, and the meaning of El is "other, foreign". El is a variant of Eleanor (Old French, Old German): from an Old French respelling of the Provenšal name Alienor, from German ali, though sometimes it is taken as a variant of Helen.

El has 1 variant form: Elle.


El is not a popular first name for females but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#30474 out of 88799, Top 34%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name El and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Eleanor (#78) and Elle (#395). (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Elle in U.S.

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

Similar Names

El is also pronounced similarly to Al. Other suggested similar baby names are Eila, Eily, Ela, Elah, Eli, Elia, Ella, Elli, Elly, Els, Em and Eula. These names tend to be more commonly used than El.