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What does Ellen mean?

Ellen \e(l)-len\ 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.


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.

For more on this name, see also related girl names Ellenor, Elnora and Suellen.

Ellen has 33 more different forms via Eleanor, Ellyn, Helen, Nell: Aileen, Ailene, Alene, Eileen, El, Elaina, Elaine, Elana, Elayne, Elenor, Elleanor, Ellee, Ellenor, Ellenora, Ellenore, Elleonor, Ellette, Elli, Elliner, Ellinor, Elna, Elora, Helen, Helena, Helene, Hellen, Hellena, Hellene, Ilene, Jelena, Nelle, Nelley and Yelena.


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)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Ellen for girls. Ellen reached its peak position of #64 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #656. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ellen name in U.S.

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

Aileen (#562 a year ago), Alene, Eileen (#711), Elaina (#281), Elaine (#654), Elayne, Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Elenor, Elin (#733), Ella (#17), Elle (#395), Ellie (#55), Ellinor, Elna, Elnora, Helen (#404), Helena (#502), Helene, Hellen, Ilene, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly and Suellen are the popular related forms of Ellen (#656 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000. These girl names were at the peak of their popularity during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.4813%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.29%, down 39.7%), with forms such as Helen, Hellen, Ilene, Nell and Nelle falling out of fashion. The trendier girl names here are Elaina (#281), Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Elin (#733) and Ellie (#55), with Eleanor and Ellie going through a resurgence in popularity. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Ellen and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Aileen, Alene, Eileen, Elaina, Elaine, Elayne, Eleanor, Elena, Elenor, Elin in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ella, Elle, Ellen, Ellie, Elna, Elnora, Helen, Helena, Helene, Hellen in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ilene, Nell, Nelle, Nellie, Nelly, Suellen in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Ellen is alike in pronunciation to Aleen, Alleen, Allene, Allyn, Eilean, Eilene, Eilin, Eilleen, Eilwen, Elaene, Elain, Eleen, Elian, Ellane, Ileen, Illene, Oleen and Olwen. Other recommended similar baby names are Eilena, Eleena, Ellma and Ellona. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ellen.