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Ellis meaning and name origin
Ellis \e(l)-lis\ as a boy's name is pronounced EL-iss. It is of English origin. Anglicization of Elias, from Elijah. 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 2 variant forms: Elliss and Ellyce.
Baby names that sound like Ellis are Elis and Elois.
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Popularity of Ellis
Ellis is a very popular first name for men (#423 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#114 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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