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What does Ellis mean?

Ellis Pronunciation of Ellis [el-lis] as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Ellis) is pronounced EL-iss. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ellis is "Jehovah is God". Anglicization of Elias, from Elijah, so shares the same source with Elliot. Modern use is often a transferred use of the surname. In Wales the name is used as an anglicized form of the Old Welsh name Elisud, which derives from elus meaning "kind, benevolent". Ellis Bell was the pseudonym used by Emily Brontė; when she first began publishing, she chose a name that could be considered masculine.

Associated with: modern, surname, old, kind (gracious).


Ellis has 3 variants: Elli, Elliss and Ellyce.

22 more related forms via Elias, Elijah, Elliot: Eelia, Eli, Elia, Elias, Eliasz, Elice, Elie, Elihu, Elija, Eliot, Elis, Eljah, Eljasz, Ellice, Elliot, Elliott, Ely, Elyas, Elyot, Ilia, Ilie and Ilyas.

Creative forms:
(male) Eulis, ..

(female) Eles, Ellisi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ellis Jaycob (E.J.), ..

How popular is Ellis?

Ellis is a very prominent first name for men (#423 out of 1220, Top 35%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#121 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Ellis reached its highest rank of #171 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, and is at #419 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Eli (#53 a year ago), Elias (#100), Elie, Elihu, Elija, Elijah (#11), Eliot (#1103), Elis, Elliot (#208), Elliott (#213), Ely (#1505), Elyas and Ilyas (#1774) are the prominent related forms of Ellis (#419 a year ago). Other variants, like Ellice, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Ellis reached its most widespread in the year 2014 (average #1075) and has remained as conventional to this day (#1099, 0.7%). The trendier boy names among these are Eli, Elias, Elijah, Elliot and Elliott.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ellis, Eli, Elias, Elie, Elihu in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elija, Elijah, Eliot, Elliot, Elliott in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ely, Elyas, Ilyas in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ellis, Eli, Elias, Elijah, Elis outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Elliot, Elliott outside U.S.

Similar Names

Ellis is alike in pronunciation to Aloys, Alwis, Ilias, Wallas, Wallis, Willis and Williss. Other recommended names are Albis, Aldis, Algis, Alois, Alvis, Blais, Callis, Colis, Collis, Dallis, Edlin, Eilif, Eldin, Eldis, Elgin, Eliso, Eliu, Eljin, Ellair, Ellar, Ellison, Elmir, Eloi, Elois, Elvin, Elvio, Elvis, Elviss (see Elvis), Elvys, Elwin, Emlin, Enis, Ennis, Erlie, Gillis, Hollis, Tallis and Tullis. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ellis.

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