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Meaning and Name Origin

Elly \e(l)-ly\ as a name for girls is of Old French, Old German and Greek origin, and the name Elly means "other, foreign; sun ray". Elly is a variation of Eleanor (Old French, Old German): from an Old French respelling of the Provenšal name Alienor, from German ali, though sometimes it is taken as a variant of Helen. Elly is also a form of Ella (Old German): originally a short form of names containing ali (compare Eleanor). Elly is also used as a form of Ellen (Greek), Ellie.


Elly has 5 variants: Alla, Ela, Ellee, Elli and Ellia.

Elly has 30 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, Nell, Nelle, Nelley, Nelli and Nelly.


Elly is a somewhat prominent first name for women (#2802 out of 4276, Top 66%) but an unusual last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)

Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of the girl name Elly and affiliated names. Popular variation forms of Elly (#unlisted) appearing in the Top 1000 are Elayne, Eleanor (#78 a year ago), Elena (#121), Elin (#733), Ella (#17), Elle (#395), Ellen (#656), Ellie (#55), Elna, Helen (#404), Nell, Nelle and Nelly. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 and are somewhat less popular today, with the versions Ellen, Elna, Helen, Nell and Nelle becoming somewhat outmoded. The most fashionable birth names in this compilation are Eleanor (#78), Elena (#121), Elin (#733), Elle (#395) and Ellie (#55), with Eleanor and Ellie having a resurgence in popularity. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elayne, Eleanor, Elena, Elin, Ella, Elle, Ellen, Ellie, Elna, Helen in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Elly is alike in pronunciation to Aley, Alley, Alli, Ally, Eila, Eiley, Eily, Elah, Eli, Elia, Eula, Illa, Olla, Ulla, Ulli, Wally and Willy. Other suggested similar baby names are Elsy and Elvy. These names tend to be less commonly used than Elly.