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What does Ellis mean?

Ellis \e(l)-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.


Ellis has 3 variants: Elli, Elliss and Ellyce.

Ellis has 30 more related forms via Elias, Elijah, Elliot: Eelia, Eli, Elia, Elias, Eliasz, Elice, Elie, Elihu, Elija, Eliot, Eliott, Elis, Eliyahu, Eljah, Eljasz, Ellice, Elliot, Elliott, Ely, Elyas, Elyot, Elyott, Ilia, Ilie, Ilija, Ilja, Ilya, Ilyaas, Ilyas and Lige.


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)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Ellis for boys. Ellis reached its highest rank of #171 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, and is at #443 currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ellis name in U.S.

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

Eli (#49 a year ago), Elias (#103), Elie, Elijah (#11), Eliot, Elis, Elliot (#217), Elliott (#233), Ely and Lige are the prominent related forms of Ellis (#443 a year ago). Adoption of these boy names is at its most widespread today (usage of 0.4495%), except for the versions Elie and Lige which have become less in vogue. The trendier boy names among these are Eli (#49), Elias (#103), Elliot (#217), Elliott (#233) and Ellis (#443), and there is a rebound in baby name popularity for these names. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Ellis and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Eli, Elias, Elie, Elijah, Eliot, Elliot, Elliott, Ellis, Ely, Lige in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Ellis is alike in pronunciation to Alwis, Wallis and Willis. Other recommended similar baby names are Eldis, Eliso, Elois and Elvis. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ellis.