Ellen

First Name
274k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
1k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Ellen mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Ellen

"Ellen" is a name of Greek origin, and it means "Light". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Wiktionary

Medieval English variant of Helen, from Ancient Greek Ἑλένη (Helénē); also used as a variant of Eleanor.

  1. A female given name.

Ellen was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Estonian, Finnish, German, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Ellen

Ellen DeGeneres is a comedian, list of talk show hosts, actor, writer, television producer, comedienne, talk show host, actress, and producer. Ellen was given the name Ellen Lee DeGeneres by her parent Betty DeGeneres on January 26th, 1958 in Metairie, Louisiana, U.S. Ellen is also known as DeGeneres and Ellen.

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Ellen Page is an actress. She was most active from 1997 to present. Ellen was given the name Ellen Grace Philpotts-Page on February 21st, 1987 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Ellen Pompeo is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1995 to present. Ellen was given the name Ellen Kathleen Pompeo on November 10th, 1969 in Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Cass was given the name Ellen Naomi Cohen on September 19th, 1941 in Baltimore. She passed away on July 29th, 1974.

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Ellen Burstyn is an actress. She was most prominent from 1958 to present. Ellen was given the name Edna Rae Gillooly on December 7th, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S. Ellen is also known as Ellen McRae.

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Ellen Barkin is an actress. She was most active from 1978 to present. Ellen was given the name Ellen Rona Barkin on April 16th, 1954 in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ellen

The Lord Robertson of Port Ellen is a for Hamilton South, 10th Secretary General of NATO, Secretary of State for Defence, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, Member of Parliament, and forHamilton South. The was born on April 12th, 1946 in Port Ellen, Scotland.

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Mark Ellen is an editing and journalist.

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Roy Frank Ellen is a in the fields of ethnobiology and ecological anthropology. Roy was born in 1947.

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Janika ter Ellen is a journalist, news presenter, reporter, and news anchor.

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Shane Ellen is an australian rules football player.

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Elizabeth Ellen is an alternative literature author and editing.

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How popular is the baby name Ellen in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 411 411 0 #61 girl name
1881 413 413 0 #65 girl name
1882 452 452 0 #64 girl name
1883 500 500 0 #62 girl name
1884 602 597 5 #59 girl name
1885 562 555 7 #64 girl name
1886 551 551 0 #70 girl name
1887 579 579 0 #66 girl name
1888 691 691 0 #69 girl name
1889 653 653 0 #68 girl name
1890 659 659 0 #70 girl name
1891 675 675 0 #69 girl name
1892 760 760 0 #69 girl name
1893 798 798 0 #69 girl name
1894 765 759 6 #72 girl name
1895 751 746 5 #75 girl name
1896 817 811 6 #73 girl name
1897 738 733 5 #77 girl name
1898 786 786 0 #81 girl name
1899 708 708 0 #81 girl name
1900 922 922 0 #82 girl name
1901 711 711 0 #82 girl name
1902 758 753 5 #83 girl name
1903 773 773 0 #85 girl name
1904 774 774 0 #84 girl name
1905 845 845 0 #81 girl name
1906 898 898 0 #80 girl name
1907 855 855 0 #89 girl name
1908 848 848 0 #92 girl name
1909 960 960 0 #86 girl name
1910 1,038 1,038 0 #88 girl name
1911 1,171 1,162 9 #84 girl name
1912 1,458 1,449 9 #86 girl name
1913 1,579 1,579 0 #88 girl name
1914 2,039 2,039 0 #86 girl name
1915 2,587 2,581 6 #88 girl name
1916 2,838 2,838 0 #87 girl name
1917 2,870 2,855 15 #90 girl name
1918 3,036 3,030 6 #92 girl name
1919 2,935 2,929 6 #92 girl name
1920 3,083 3,076 7 #92 girl name
1921 3,074 3,065 9 #95 girl name
1922 2,962 2,953 9 #95 girl name
1923 2,680 2,671 9
1924 2,956 2,949 7 #99 girl name
1925 2,808 2,794 14
1926 2,778 2,768 10 #100 girl name
1927 2,878 2,868 10 #93 girl name
1928 2,688 2,680 8 #99 girl name
1929 2,584 2,567 17 #97 girl name
1930 2,534 2,522 12 #100 girl name
1931 2,462 2,449 13 #99 girl name
1932 2,380 2,369 11
1933 2,211 2,200 11
1934 2,468 2,456 12 #95 girl name
1935 2,445 2,434 11 #95 girl name
1936 2,412 2,398 14 #99 girl name
1937 2,516 2,498 18
1938 2,816 2,804 12 #90 girl name
1939 3,020 3,006 14 #80 girl name
1940 3,331 3,319 12 #74 girl name
1941 3,685 3,663 22 #67 girl name
1942 4,214 4,194 20 #64 girl name
1943 4,168 4,153 15 #67 girl name
1944 4,014 3,998 16 #63 girl name
1945 4,197 4,188 9 #61 girl name
1946 5,250 5,236 14 #59 girl name
1947 5,875 5,855 20 #61 girl name
1948 5,299 5,289 10 #67 girl name
1949 5,514 5,506 8 #64 girl name
1950 5,577 5,566 11 #66 girl name
1951 5,955 5,944 11 #68 girl name
1952 5,852 5,842 10 #70 girl name
1953 5,550 5,536 14 #76 girl name
1954 5,468 5,454 14 #77 girl name
1955 5,483 5,474 9 #81 girl name
1956 5,446 5,433 13 #84 girl name
1957 5,592 5,582 10 #85 girl name
1958 5,169 5,158 11 #93 girl name
1959 5,401 5,390 11 #91 girl name
1960 5,152 5,139 13 #94 girl name
1961 4,856 4,845 11 #97 girl name
1962 4,127 4,112 15
1963 3,959 3,941 18
1964 3,539 3,530 9
1965 3,262 3,252 10
1966 2,811 2,805 6
1967 2,528 2,522 6
1968 2,108 2,101 7
1969 1,892 1,892 0
1970 1,759 1,759 0
1971 1,394 1,394 0
1972 1,175 1,175 0
1973 1,074 1,074 0
1974 1,094 1,088 6
1975 1,021 1,021 0
1976 951 942 9
1977 1,019 1,019 0
1978 1,012 1,012 0
1979 948 943 5
1980 989 989 0
1981 958 958 0
1982 1,007 1,007 0
1983 957 952 5
1984 936 929 7
1985 854 854 0
1986 977 969 8
1987 1,085 1,080 5
1988 1,191 1,186 5
1989 1,325 1,316 9
1990 1,384 1,377 7
1991 1,429 1,429 0
1992 1,335 1,335 0
1993 1,310 1,305 5
1994 1,321 1,321 0
1995 1,312 1,312 0
1996 1,155 1,155 0
1997 812 812 0
1998 621 621 0
1999 674 674 0
2000 631 631 0
2001 608 608 0
2002 590 590 0
2003 668 668 0
2004 592 592 0
2005 516 516 0
2006 545 545 0
2007 513 513 0
2008 457 457 0
2009 414 414 0
2010 429 429 0
2011 400 400 0
2012 374 374 0
2013 402 402 0
2014 434 434 0
2015 402 402 0
2016 449 449 0
2017 383 383 0

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Popularity of Ellen as a first name

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Popularity of Ellen as a last name

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Common last names for Ellen

  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Anderson
  • Brown
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Nelson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • White
  • Thompson
  • Peterson
  • Clark
  • Thomas
  • Carlson

Common first names for Ellen

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ellen U.S.
  White 77.24% 64.26%
  African American 14.67% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.16% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.71% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.76% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.47% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ellen

People with the last name Ellen are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Ellen

  • What name lists does Ellen rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Ellen? Ellen is the 272nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Ellen was the 22,770th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ellen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 273,681 babies born with the first name Ellen in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ellen to occupy the territory of New Caledonia (France) with an estimated population of 259,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ellen? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 411 new born babies.
  • When was Ellen first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ellen is Monday, December 7th, 1863.
  • What year had the most people named Ellen born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ellen was in 1951 with a total of 5,944 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ellen!
  • Random Ellen Factoid: According to the 1933 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ellen ranks 70th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 9 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1933.
  • Weird things about the name Ellen: Your name in reverse order is Nelle. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Enlel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ellen? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,125 people with the last name Ellen.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ellen? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Ellen as their last name since less than 1 person in 263k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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