Meaning and name origin
Ellis \e(l)-lis\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 is a very popular first name for males (#423 out of 1220, Top 35%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#114 out of 88799, Top 0%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ellis for boys (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ellis and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Elijah (#11), Elias (#103), Elliot (#217) and Ellis (#443). (2014 statistics).
Ellis is also pronounced similarly to Alwis, Elis, Ellice, Elyas, Wallis and Willis. Other suggested similar baby names are Eldis, Eliso, Elois and Elvis. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ellis.