What does Elly mean?
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). Elly is also a form of Ella (Old German). Elly is also used as a form of Ellen (Greek), Ellie and Helen (Greek).
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%) and also a somewhat prominent last name for both adults and children (#88461 out of 150436, Top 59%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Below is a charted analysis of the usage of Elly and affiliated names. 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 are the popular variation forms of Elly (#unlisted) appearing in the Top 1000. These girl names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1900-1909 (usage of 0.5111%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.4262%, down 16.6%), 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), and there is a resurgence in birth name popularity for Eleanor and Ellie. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.