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Ellis

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 58 0 58
1881 58 0 58
1882 86 0 86
1883 80 7 73
1884 73 0 73
1885 78 0 78
1886 85 0 85
1887 66 0 66
1888 77 6 71
1889 87 7 80
1890 71 0 71
1891 66 0 66
1892 94 5 89
1893 85 6 79
1894 90 7 83
1895 100 0 100
1896 114 8 106
1897 98 0 98
1898 96 0 96
1899 106 8 98
1900 120 0 120
1901 80 6 74
1902 122 10 112
1903 116 6 110
1904 106 0 106
1905 103 0 103
1906 107 6 101
1907 127 7 120
1908 132 9 123
1909 131 0 131
1910 147 0 147
1911 174 7 167
1912 290 8 282
1913 405 14 391
1914 439 13 426
1915 639 21 618
1916 584 14 570
1917 591 17 574
1918 647 23 624
1919 649 15 634
1920 660 14 646
1921 703 21 682
1922 646 22 624
1923 677 20 657
1924 642 13 629
1925 630 19 611
1926 618 12 606
1927 599 18 581
1928 565 22 543
1929 562 16 546
1930 531 11 520
1931 475 18 457
1932 448 13 435
1933 435 10 425
1934 441 11 430
1935 447 9 438
1936 441 13 428
1937 464 13 451
1938 491 14 477
1939 433 17 416
1940 442 9 433
1941 455 12 443
1942 508 18 490
1943 515 18 497
1944 463 14 449
1945 429 12 417
1946 510 10 500
1947 519 9 510
1948 466 16 450
1949 435 6 429
1950 484 22 462
1951 419 15 404
1952 430 7 423
1953 461 9 452
1954 388 7 381
1955 372 5 367
1956 428 7 421
1957 400 12 388
1958 370 14 356
1959 325 8 317
1960 373 14 359
1961 336 9 327
1962 281 5 276
1963 269 0 269
1964 289 5 284
1965 237 7 230
1966 233 6 227
1967 221 5 216
1968 209 6 203
1969 210 5 205
1970 191 5 186
1971 210 6 204
1972 158 5 153
1973 182 0 182
1974 172 0 172
1975 138 0 138
1976 175 0 175
1977 159 5 154
1978 144 8 136
1979 172 5 167
1980 172 0 172
1981 165 9 156
1982 127 5 122
1983 140 0 140
1984 135 0 135
1985 156 8 148
1986 173 13 160
1987 173 11 162
1988 161 15 146
1989 183 11 172
1990 194 13 181
1991 201 12 189
1992 209 23 186
1993 201 34 167
1994 181 21 160
1995 204 38 166
1996 217 30 187
1997 234 38 196
1998 229 46 183
1999 212 32 180
2000 243 34 209
2001 217 50 167
2002 216 39 177
2003 264 54 210
2004 260 48 212
2005 331 85 246
2006 367 100 267
2007 373 111 262
2008 385 110 275
2009 451 124 327
2010 465 151 314
2011 498 186 312
2012 619 216 403
2013 726 226 500
2014 914 236 678
2015 1,012 280 732

Fun Facts about the name Ellis

  • How many people with the first name Ellis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 42,471 babies born with the first name Ellis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ellis to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ellis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 58 new born babies.
  • When was Ellis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ellis is Thursday, December 4th, 1862.
  • What year had the most people named Ellis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ellis was in 2015 with a total of 732 babies.
  • Random Ellis Factoid: According to the 1923 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ellis ranks 95th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Mississippi. Imagine that, 40 babies in Mississippi have the same name as you in 1923.
  • Weird things about the name Ellis: Your name in reverse order is Sille. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Lsiel. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ellis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 188,968 people with the last name Ellis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ellis? Ellis was ranked as the 131st most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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Popularity of Ellis as a first name

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Popularity of Ellis as a last name

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Common last names for Ellis

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • Moore
  • Roberts
  • Martin
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • White
  • Anderson
  • Walker
  • Hall
  • King

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ellis U.S.
  White 70.36% 64.26%
  African American 23.47% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.66% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.24% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.73% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ellis

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

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

English

Origin and Meaning of Ellis

The name "Ellis" is of English origin, and it means "The Lord is My God". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Wiktionary
  1. A patronymic surname​ derived from the given name Elis (Elijah).
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Ellis was also found in the following language(s): Danish

Notable Persons With the Name Ellis

Al Swearengen

Al Swearengen was a pimp, early entertainment entrepreneur in deadwood, south dakota, procuring (prostitution), deadwood, and early entertainment entrepreneur indeadwood. Al was given the name Ellis Albert Swearengen on July 8th, 1845 in Oskaloosa, Iowa Territory, United States. He died on November 15th, 1904.

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Ellis Short

Ellis Short is an owner of kildare partners, owner of sunderland afc, kildare partners, and sunderland a.f.c. Ellis was born on October 6th, 1960 in Independence, Missouri, US.

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Ellis Carver

Ellis Carver is a fictional character.

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Hedd Wyn

Hedd Wyn was a poet, shepherd/farmer, and shepherd. Hedd was given the name Ellis Humphrey Evans on January 13th, 1887 in Trawsfynydd. He breathed his last breath on July 31st, 1917.

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Ellis Paul

Ellis Paul is a folk music and pop music singer-songwriter. He plays Guitar, Piano, Electronic keyboard, and Vocals. He holds the title The World Ain't Slowing Down", The Millennium Poem", and Conversation With a Ghost". He has been prominent since 1989. Ellis was given the name Paul Plissey on January 14th, 1965 in Fort Kent, Maine, United States.

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Jr. Ellis Marsalis

Jr. Ellis Marsalis is a jazz musician. They were most prominent from 1949 to present. Jr. was given the name Ellis Louis Marsalis, Jr. on November 14th, 1934.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ellis

Tom Ellis

Tom Ellis is a leading person. Tom was given the name Thomas John Ellis on November 17th, 1978 in Cardiff.

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Mary Elizabeth Ellis

Mary Elizabeth Ellis is an actress. Mary was born on May 11th, 1979 in Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.

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Bret Easton Ellis

Bret Easton Ellis is a satire and black comedy writer and novelist. Bret was born on March 7th, 1964 in Los Angeles, California.

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Aunjanue Ellis

Aunjanue Ellis is an actress and producer. She has been prominent since 1995. Aunjanue was given the name Aunjanue L. Ellis on February 21st, 1969 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

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Monta Ellis

Monta Ellis is a basketball player for the Indiana Pacers, Golden State Warriors, Milwaukee Bucks, and Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to present. Monta was born on October 26th, 1985 in Jackson, Mississippi.

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Ruth Ellis

Ruth Ellis was a model and nightclub hostess. Ruth was given the name Ruth Neilson on October 9th, 1926 in Rhyl. She passed away on July 13th, 1955.

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  • Warren Ellis
    (comics creator)
  • Nelsan Ellis
    (actor)
  • Havelock Ellis
    (leading person)
  • Robin Ellis
    (notable human)
  • Kerry Ellis
    (actress)
  • Alton Ellis
    (singer-songwriter)
  • Sean Ellis
    (filmmaker)
  • William "John" Webb Ellis
    (clergyman)
  • Jimmy Ellis
    (martial artist)
  • John Ellis
    (scientist)
  • Jill Ellis
    (athlete)
  • Joseph Ellis
    (writer)
  • George F R Ellis
    (scientist)
  • Ryan Ellis
    (hockey player)

What does the name Ellis mean?

Eis for exquisite, who could argue?

Lis for lively, your life is full of energy!

Lis for life, that you live so well.

Iis for intuitive, others should trust your instincts

Sis for scholar, the brilliant in you.

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Sources: 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). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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