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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 Eleen, Illene, Ileen, Eileen, Allene, Alleen, Aleen, Allyn, Allena, Eilleen, Eilin, Eilene, Eilena, Eilean, Ellane, Elaene, Eleena, Ellina, Ellona, Oleen and Olwen.
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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)
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