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Meaning and name origin

Elyn \e-lyn, el-yn\ as a girl's name is of Old French, Old German and Greek origin, and the meaning of Elyn is "other, foreign; sun ray". Elyn is a variant 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. Also a variant of Ellen (Greek): originally a variant of Helen, but now more closely associated with Eleanor.

Elyn has 15 variant forms: Aline, Eileen, Elaine, Elan, Elen, Elene, Elin, Ellan, Elleen, Ellene, Ellin, Ellon, Ellyn, Elon, Elynn.


Elyn is not a popular first name for females and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Elyn and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Eleanor (#78), Elaine (#654), Ellen (#656), Eileen (#711), Elin (#733) and Aline. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Elaine, Ellen, Eileen, Elin, Aline in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Eleanor, Elaine, Ellen, Eileen, Elin outside U.S.

Similar Names

Elyn is also pronounced similarly to Ailyn, Allyn, Alyne, Eilin, Elain, Elane, Elayne, Eleen, Elian, Eline and Olwyn. Other suggested similar baby names are Edlyn, Edyn, Elana, Elayna, Elena, Eleni, Elina, Elma, Elna, Elona, Elyana, Emlyn, Eryn, Evlyn and Glyn. These names tend to be more commonly used than Elyn.