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What does Elly mean?

Elly Pronunciation of Elly [el-ly] as a name for girls is of Old German and Greek origin, and the name Elly means "other, foreign; sun ray". Elly is an alternate spelling of Eleanor (Old French, Old German). Elly is also a form of Ella (Old German). Elly is also used as a form of Ellen (Greek), Ellie and Helen (Greek).

Associated with: greek, sun.


Elly has 6 variants: Alla, Ela, Ellee, Elli, Ellia and Ili.

31 more alternative forms via Eleanor, Ella, Ellen, Ellie, Helen: El, Elan, Elana, Elayne, Elen, Elena, Elene, Eleni, Elenyi, Elin, Ellan, Elle, Elleen, Ellena, Ellene, Ellin, Ellina, Ellon, Ellyn, Elna, Elon, Elora, Elyn, Elynn, Hella, Ilka, Nell, Nelle, Nelley, Nelli and Nelly.

Creative forms:
(female) Edly, Euly, ..

(male) Elel, Eleu, ..

Middle name pairings:
Elly Eunice (E.E.), ..

How popular is Elly?

Elly is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#2802 out of 4276, Top 66%) and also a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#88461 out of 150436, Top 59%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Elly entered the list in 1999 and reached its top position of #1257 in the U.S. in the year 2010, and is currently at #1474. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elly name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related girl names. Alla, Ela, Elana (#1522 via latest list), Elayne, Eleanor (#60), Elena (#106), Elene, Eleni (#1595), Elin (#920), Ella (#18), Elle (#398), Ellen (#705), Ellena, Ellene, Elli, Ellie (#47), Ellyn, Elna, Elora (#963), Helen (#419), Nell, Nelle and Nelly (#1724) are the popular variation forms of Elly (#1474 via latest list) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Elly reached the peak of their popularity a century ago (usage of 5.72%) and are now significantly less popular (usage 1.7%, 70.3%), with versions like Nell becoming less stylish. The most fashionable birth names in this compilation are Elena, Ella, Elle, Ellie and Elora.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elly, Alla, Ela, Elana, Elayne in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Elena, Elene, Eleni, Elin in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ella, Elle, Ellen, Ellena, Ellene in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elli, Ellie, Ellyn, Elna, Elora in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Helen, Nell, Nelle, Nelly in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Elly is alike in pronunciation to Aalya, Ailey, Aili, Alah, Alea, Ali, Aliya, Aliye, Ally, Ayla, Eila, Eily, Elah, Eli, Elia, Eulia, Illia, Olia, Olla, Ula, Ulli, Willa, Yolley, Yula and Yulla. Other suggested similar names are Billy, Cilly, Daly, Delly, Eddy, Edy, Elba, Elbe, Elda, Elga, Eliz, Ellba, Ellke, Ellma, Ellse, Ellsey, Ellyce, Ellyse, Ellyza, Elma, Els, Else, Elsy, Elvy, Elza, Emelly, Emlyn, Emmy, Erla, Essy, Etty, Evey, Evlyn, Evvy, Evy, Hally, Hilly, Holly, Jilly, Joly, July, Kally, Lilly, Lily, Melly, Polly, Sally, Tally, Tully and Vally. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elly.

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