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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". 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 variant forms: 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 is also pronounced similarly to Aleen, Alleen, Allene, Allyn, Eilean, Eileen, Eilene, Eilin, Eilleen, Eilwen, Elaene, Elain, Eleen, Elian, Ellane, Ileen, Illene, Oleen and Olwen. Other suggested similar baby names are Eilena, Eleena, Ellee, Ellma and Ellona.
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Popularity of Ellen
Ellen is a very popular first name for females (#126 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#23082 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
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