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pinWhat does Ellen mean?

Ellen /el-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.

Related girl names: Ellenor, Elnora and Suellen.

Ellen has 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.

Kreatif forms: Eiellen, Eilen, Ellenei. [more]

pinHow 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)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Ellen for girls. Ellen reached its peak position of #64 in the U.S. in the 1880s, 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 via latest list), Alena (#617), 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 via latest list) rated in the Top 1000. Other variants, like Nelley, are seldom used. These forms of Ellen were popular with parents during 1910-1919 (usage of 0.464%) and are somewhat less conventional today (usage 0.293%, 36.8%). Helen has historically been a favorite of parents, though Helena has become popular as well, while forms such as Helen, Hellen, Ilene, Nell and Nelle are now less popular.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ellen, Aileen, Alena, Alene, Eileen in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elaina, Elaine, Elayne, Eleanor, Elena in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elenor, Elin, Ella, Elle, Ellie in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elna, Elnora, Helen, Helena, Helene in U.S.

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

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Nelly, Suellen in U.S.

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

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

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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 similar baby names are Allcen, Arlen, Eaden, Edlyn, Eilena, Eiren, Eleena, Elke, Ellba, Ellis, Ellke, Ellma, Ellona, Elmena, Else, Emelen, Emlyn, Evlin, Fallen, Galen, Glen, Kalen, Kylen, Nolen and Valen. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ellen.