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273k
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since 1880

Ellen

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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 961 961 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 2,963 2,954 9 #95 girl name
1923 2,680 2,671 9
1924 2,956 2,949 7 #99 girl name
1925 2,807 2,793 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 2,582 2,565 17 #97 girl name
1930 2,533 2,521 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 2,446 2,435 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 3,021 3,007 14 #80 girl name
1940 3,330 3,318 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 5,302 5,292 10 #67 girl name
1949 5,511 5,503 8 #64 girl name
1950 5,579 5,568 11 #66 girl name
1951 5,951 5,940 11 #68 girl name
1952 5,851 5,841 10 #70 girl name
1953 5,550 5,536 14 #76 girl name
1954 5,469 5,455 14 #77 girl name
1955 5,482 5,473 9 #81 girl name
1956 5,448 5,435 13 #84 girl name
1957 5,590 5,580 10 #85 girl name
1958 5,168 5,157 11 #93 girl name
1959 5,401 5,390 11 #91 girl name
1960 5,152 5,139 13 #94 girl name
1961 4,854 4,843 11 #97 girl name
1962 4,127 4,112 15
1963 3,959 3,941 18
1964 3,539 3,530 9
1965 3,263 3,253 10
1966 2,811 2,805 6
1967 2,528 2,522 6
1968 2,110 2,103 7
1969 1,895 1,895 0
1970 1,758 1,758 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 953 944 9
1977 1,020 1,020 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 958 953 5
1984 936 929 7
1985 853 853 0
1986 977 969 8
1987 1,084 1,079 5
1988 1,192 1,187 5
1989 1,325 1,316 9
1990 1,384 1,377 7
1991 1,428 1,428 0
1992 1,336 1,336 0
1993 1,310 1,305 5
1994 1,318 1,318 0
1995 1,312 1,312 0
1996 1,153 1,153 0
1997 811 811 0
1998 621 621 0
1999 674 674 0
2000 631 631 0
2001 608 608 0
2002 589 589 0
2003 667 667 0
2004 592 592 0
2005 516 516 0
2006 544 544 0
2007 512 512 0
2008 457 457 0
2009 414 414 0
2010 427 427 0
2011 400 400 0
2012 374 374 0
2013 402 402 0
2014 433 433 0
2015 401 401 0

Fun Facts about the name Ellen

  • How many people with the first name Ellen have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 272,836 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 5,940 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ellen!
  • Random Ellen Factoid: According to the 1931 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ellen ranks 70th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 43 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 1931.
  • 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 Nlele. How do you pronounce that?
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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

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ellen" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ellen as well as things modernly associated with the name Ellen such as celebrities named Ellen.

Origin and Meaning of Ellen

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

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

Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres is a comedian with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1978 to present. Ellen was born in 1958 as Ellen Lee DeGeneres in Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.

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Ellen Page

Ellen Page is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1997 to present. Ellen was born in 1987 as Ellen Philpotts-Page in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Ellen Pompeo

Ellen Pompeo is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1995 to present. Ellen was born in 1969 as Ellen Kathleen Pompeo in Everett, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Ellen Barkin

Ellen Barkin is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1978 to present. Ellen was born in 1954 as Ellen Rona Barkin in The Bronx, New York, U.S.

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Ellen Burstyn

Ellen Burstyn is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1958 to present. Ellen was born in 1932 as Edna Rae Gillooly in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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Tyne Daly

Tyne Daly is an actress with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1968 to present. Tyne was born in 1946 as Ellen Tyne Daly in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Ellen

Ellen Greene
Ellen Tracy
Ellen Pao
Ellen Shop
Ellen Tickets

Alternative Meanings

Eis for easy going, no ruffles here.

Lis for laughter, you spread wherever you go.

Lis for loyalty, that you show.

Eis for enduring, forever will your memory remain

Nis for novel, don't get too complicated!

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