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What does Ellen mean?

Ellen Pronunciation of Ellen [ellen] as a girls' name is pronounced EL-en. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Ellen is "sun ray". Originally a variant of Helen, but now more closely associated with Eleanor. First used as an independent name in the 16th century. Nell is a pet form. English actress Ellen Terry; American actresses Ellyn Burstyn, Ellen Barkin, Ellen DeGeneres.

Associated with: greek, sun (star), 16th century.


Ellen has 27 variants: Elan, Elen, Elena, Elene, Elene, Eleni, Elenita, Elenyi, Elin, Ella, Ellan, Elle, Elleen, Ellena, Ellene, Ellie, Ellin, Ellina, Ellon, Elly, Ellyn, Elon, Elyn, Elynn, Nell, Nellie and Nelly.

Related girl names: Ellenor, Elnora and Suellen.

35 more different relations via Eleanor, Ellyn, Helen, Nell: Aileen, Ailene, Alena, Alene, Eileen, El, Elaina, Elaine, Elana, Elayne, Elenor, Elleanor, Ellee, Ellenor, Ellenora, Ellenore, Elleonor, Ellette, Elli, Elliner, Ellinor, Elna, Elora, Heleen, Helen, Helena, Helene, Hellen, Hellena, Hellene, Ilene, Jelena, Nelle, Nelley and Yelena.

Creative forms:
(female) Eilen, Eulen, ..

(male) Eleion, Eleoin, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ellen Emerald (E.E.), ..

How popular is Ellen?

Ellen is a very prominent first name for women (#126 out of 4276, Top 3%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#21176 out of 150436, Top 14%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Ellen reached its peak position of #64 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, and is currently at #705. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ellen name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ellen outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Aileen (#515 via latest list), Ailene, Alena (#596), Alene, Eileen (#694), Elaina (#291), Elaine (#673), Elana (#1522), Elayne, Eleanor (#60), Elena (#106), Elene, Eleni (#1595), Elenor, Elin (#920), Ella (#18), Elle (#398), Ellena, Ellene, Elli, Ellie (#47), Ellinor, Elly (#1474), Ellyn, Elna, Elnora, Elora (#963), Helen (#419), Helena (#534), Helene, Hellen, Ilene, Nell, Nelle, Nellie (#1247), Nelly (#1724) and Suellen are the popular related forms of Ellen (#705 via latest list) rated in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Yelena, are seldom used. These forms of Ellen were popular with parents during 1920-1929 (usage of 6.48%) and are now significantly less conventional (usage 1.89%, 70.8%). Helen has historically been a favorite of parents, though Elle has become popular as well, while forms such as Hellen are now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ellen, Aileen, Ailene, Alena, Alene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eileen, Elaina, Elaine, Elana, Elayne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Elena, Elene, Eleni, Elenor in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elin, Ella, Elle, Ellena, Ellene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elli, Ellie, Elly, Ellyn, Elna in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elnora, Elora, Helen, Helena, Helene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Hellen, Ilene, Nell, Nelle, Nellie in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Nelly, Suellen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ellen, Elaine, Eleanor, Elena, Elin outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ella, Elle, Ellie, Ellinor, Nellie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ellen is alike in pronunciation to Alleen, Allyn, Allyne, Eilean, Eileene, Eilin, Eilwen, Elain, Elane, Eleen, Elian, Eliane, Eline, Ellaine, Ellane, Ilean, Illene, Isleen, Oleen, Olwen, Olwin, Olwyn, Wileen, Willeen and Willene. Other recommended names are Allcen, Arlen, Belen, Calen, Callen, Eaden, Eden, Edlin, Edlyn, Eilena, Eiley, Eiren, Elbe, Eleena, Elke, Ellba, Ellga, Ellia, Ellis, Ellke, Ellma, Ellona, Ellsa, Ellse, Ellsee, Ellsey, Ellsi, Elmena, Else, Elsee, Elvena, Elvene, Emelen, Emlyn, Erlene, Evleen, Evlin, Evlyn, Fallen, Galen, Glen, Kalen, Kellen, Kylen, Nolen and Valen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ellen.

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