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What does Ellison mean?

Ellison /el-li-son/ as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Ellison is "son of Ellis". Author Ralph Ellison.

Associated with: old english


Ellison has 5 variants: Elison, Elisson, Ellson, Ellyson and Elson.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Elliton, Erlison, ..

(female) Ellievon, Ellilin, ..

How popular is Ellison?

Ellison is an unusual given name for men but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#756 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name popularity of Ellison for boys. Ellison entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its highest position of #1177 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Ellison and affiliated names. Elson is the only other popular variation form of Ellison rated in the Top 2000. These relations of Ellison were favored as baby names in 2013 (median #1890).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ellison, Elson in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Ellison and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names


Ellison is pronounced similarly to Alison, Alisson, Allison, Allisoun and Allyson. Other suggested similar names are Addison, Adison, Albinson, Albion, Allon, Allson, Allston, Allton, Colson, Davison, Denison, Eddison, Edison, Edlin, Edson, Eifion, Eilian, Eilon, Einon, Eion, Eldis, Eldon, Elgin, Elian, Eliot, Eliron, Elis, Elisee, Eliseo, Elisha, Eliso, Elisud, Eljin, Elli, Ellice, Ellington, Elliot, Ellis, Elliss, Ellston, Ellton, Ellwood, Elois, Elon, Elpidos, Elsdon, Elston, Elvin, Elvio, Elvis, Elwinn (see Elvin), Emerson, Emilion, Emlin, Ericson, Erikson, Esiason, Eurion, Gellion, Gillion, Gillson, Gilson, Jaison, Jamison, Madison, Nilson, Nilsson, Williston, Willson and Wilson. These names tend to be more commonly used than Ellison.