What does Ellis mean?
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 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▼.Kreatif forms: Elliseu, Euellis, Eulis. [more]
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)
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)
Eli (#49 2 years ago), Elias (#103), Elie, Elijah (#11), Eliot, Elis, Elliot (#217), Elliott (#233), Ely and Lige are the prominent related forms of Ellis (#443 2 years ago). Other variants, like Elyott, are seldom used. Adoption of these forms of Ellis is at its most widespread today (average #550). Elijah has generally been a favorite of parents, while Elias has become popular as well over time, and Lige has become less popular. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of Ellis and associated names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)