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Ellen meaning and name origin

Ellen \e(l)-len\ as a girl's name is pronounced EL-en. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Ellen is "sun ray, shining light". Variant of Helen. Nell is a pet form. English actress Ellen Terry; American actresses Ellyn Burstyn, Ellen Barkin, Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen has 21 variant forms: Elan, Elen, Elena, Elene, Elene, Eleni, Elenita, Elenyi, Elin, Ellan, Elleen, Ellena, Ellene, Ellie, Ellin, Ellon, Elly, Ellyn, Elon, Elyn and Elynn.

For more information, see also related names Ella, Elnora, Suellen and Eleanor.

Baby names that sound like Ellen are Ellene, Elleen, Eleen, Ellena, Ellyn, Ellin, Elen, Ellon and Ellan.

View a list of the 6 names that reference Ellen.


Popularity of Ellen

Ellen is a very popular first name for women (#126 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#23082 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).

Displayed below are the baby name popularity trends of the name Ellen compared with its variant forms and related girl baby names. (2012 statistics). View the popularity trend for Ellen only.


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