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.
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)
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)
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.