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Origin: Greek
Meaning: Light

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Ellen

This chart illustrates how many Girls were named Ellen in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the girl's name Ellen:

  • Records indicate that 270,682 girls in the United States have been named Ellen since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1951, when 5,929 people in the U.S. were given the name Ellen. Those people are now 70 years old.

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    Comments about the name Ellen

    68% Approval Rating
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      17 Positive Comments

  • "I'm 20 and my name is Ellen! Growing up I always thought it was a bit boring but I've grown to quite like it and I think it suits me. Everyone is saying that people get their name confused with Helen or Eleanor and I have gotten those, but I get called Ella or Ellie way more often, I guess because Ellen isn't very common in my generation, the only other Ellen I've met was about 70, haha." Mar. 5, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is 2, I love my name and love the way my husband calls me Elly! The meaning of this name describe me exactly." Dec. 17, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a good flattering name that people usually can say. Not too unusual although I haven't met many others" Oct. 24, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ellen is a decent name, it reminds me of the character of Ellen in the Garfield comic strip, from Wikipedia it says "Ellen (first mentioned in November 9, 1990)[19] is a local woman whom Jon often tried to go out with. Originally, she was also an unseen character in the strip as well; most Ellen strips originally centered on Jon speaking to Ellen on the telephone, attempting to ask her out on a date. In a 2006 story, Ellen appeared in the strip after Jon convinced her to go on a date because she had amnesia and couldn't remember how much she despised him.[20] She was persuaded to go on a date with him, and on July 20, 2006, the strip finally showed her as a blonde woman with a striped dress.[20]" Aug. 12, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am an Ellen, and I love my name. Most of the time I go by Elle, but at work I'm Ellen. It's a family name that I'm proud to carry. I like it because it's short and unique here on the West coast. I like being the only Ellen anywhere I go." Jan. 4, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm Ellen Andrew, and I love my name! I changed my name a few years back to add a first name, but I couldn't bring myself to get rid of Ellen or to change it. I've never met another Ellen, though." Apr. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ellen. I wasn't too fond of it growing up but like it much better now that I'm older. Ellen is a family name that goes back many generations. I am proud to share my name with some of my ancestors. I too have been called Helen which I don't like." Mar. 31, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love being Ellen. I was born on the west coast and never met another Ellen until I was in my 20"s. I don't like being called Helen at all. I spell my name for people Im just meeting a lot because of this, Ellen, with an E." Feb. 17, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am Ellen, and I like my name. I do hate being called Helen, which happens a lot." Jan. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love my name its amazing i was named after my grandma. usually i am not called ellen i am either called ell or elly. but i love it. to be truthful i absoulty HATE being called helen or elenor and expeaclly ALLEN cause its so close but i consider allen a guys name but yeah whatever basically what im trying to say is i like my name" Mar. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Zoe-Ellen, and i love my name, not many people have either name in the UK." Oct. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. It's very cute and feminine although my name often gets mistaken for Helen initially. I haven't met many people named Ellen so I consider it unique." Sep. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ellen and I am very pleased with it. It is a classic feminine name." May. 31, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love ellen. my name is not ellen. ellen is cool. i wish i were ellen. hi ellen." Dec. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I didn't use to be crazy about it because it's not a cute name and I grew up with Nancys and Susies and Debbies. It just seemed so serious. When I got to be older I was glad that it wasn't very common--at least it didn't use to be! Now it seems to be very popular as the name of characters in books and I've noticed a lot of Ellens in the credits at the ends of movies. I don't know why." Jul. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My mom's name is Ellen. I think it's nice and pretty traditional." Sep. 17, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ellen is my name and I've found that I would rather be named Ellen than some sort of fad name. I think it's a nice name." Aug. 12, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      8 Negative Comments

  • "My name is Ellen and I HATED it as a child. It has no hard sounds and I am soft spoken, so I felt like people wouldn't understand me when I introduced myself. Also, most other kids had never heard my name before. I agree with everyone who says they are called Helen, Elaine, Eileen, or Allen... and I'll add Emily/Erin to the list. As an adult, I'm used to it and don't put much thought into my name anymore. I don't feel very attached to the name still, which is odd because it should be part of my identity after 30 years..." May. 17, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ellen is my name, and I don't like it one bit. When I hear my name, it sounds very old-fashioned, not in a hip, cool way. I've met a few Ellen's over the years and completely agree with the other post that it seems more common on the east coast. Haven't met another Ellen since moving to the left coast." Nov. 13, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's so boring. And, yes, people call me Helen, Elaine or Allen. I met my first Ellen when I was 20 and I've only met a couple since then. I was supposed to be Suzanne but my parents changed it at the last minute. I like Suzanne much more than Ellen." Aug. 20, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "it's just an unflattering name. please reconsider naming your child this" Apr. 28, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "gross makes me want to through up plz don't name your child this" Jun. 25, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1947 and never met any one with the first name Ellen........until recently that seems to have changed but I am not used to sharing my name, so it feels strange when I see it being used ........" Mar. 9, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I cant stand it..Such simple name yet no one knows how to say it.. 75% of the time Im called Helen" Dec. 4, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my name. I occasionally have people think it is Hellen or even Allen, and there is rarely any problem finding merchandise that sports it, and spelling is never an issue. I have only met two other Ellens. I have simply never liked the sound of it. But since I was named after my Grandmother Elenore I suppose I should just be thankful it was altered for me." May. 31, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      13 Neutral Comments

  • "I'm an Ellen and 70. I've pretty much felt the name was kind of nerdy but am mostly neutral about it. I was called Ellie by my family as a kid. When people call me that now it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.It's a rare occurrence. It definitely dates me so when I learn of others of this name I'm usually right about when they were born. Like others, the name is usually heard as Helen or Allen. I tell folks, it's like Ellen Degeneres without the funny or the money." Aug. 1, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ellen is a middle name in generations of my family. It is also my middle name, but I have always been called by Ellen. I never give this name when asked when ordering coffee or food. Inevitably, the name Helen, Elaine, Elena, Eileen, or worse, Allen, is called, making it a challenge to know if It?s me. I must thank Ellen Degeneres for bringing attention to the name. Even she has done routines about the confusion with the name. Overall, it?s a fine name-not shared by many." Apr. 13, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Ellen and i like it so much,and i alredy meet other two Ellens of course they are cool,charming,cutest, bright girls.Ido appreciate to be called Ellen,sometimes people calling me Hellen." Aug. 24, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ellen. I actually really like my name! I was named after my grandmother, Mary Ellen. I like how it?s unique and different, but it?s not used much for merchandise, which is annoying. My brother has a much more common name. So anytime I see something with my name I have to pick it up. If you want to name your child Ellen, please consider! You?ll not regret it!" Aug. 11, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name, sometimes I think it sounds weird but overall I like it. It?s so nice to hear when people love their name but reading the comments a lot of people mention that they are mistaken for Helen I don?t have this problem but I might in the future, I am not often called Allen but sometimes I am Overall I like it and even love it however it?s hard to find things like water bottles with my name on or t-shirts just in a shop" Feb. 13, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ellen and it's a family name. I actually can't stand it because when people say it they give it an annoying tone or call me Eleanor which isn't my name. I wish I had been named Kathryn which is my middle name because it's not an annoying name. When I move I'm going to go by Elle." Mar. 14, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am actually Elen (one L because I'm Welsh) and people always spell it the English way and also think it's Helen or it's short for Elenor/Eleanor/Elena or Helena! which can be quite annoying. I like that mine is more unique than with two LLs and I don't know many girls with my name. It means 'light' or 'bright one'. In Welsh it is a elf-like creature." Jan. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Weird. My name is Zoe Ellen, also. I live in the U.S., though." Mar. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think it would suit someone with a quite personality who was quite smart. I have never met a noisy Ellen and i believe the name would not suit such a person." Aug. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is ellen and i love sunshine! thats my nickname... Lalalalalala :]" Jul. 31, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "this is my name. i do have problems with people calling me Helen or Elanor and i don't really like it but it's not the worst name" Dec. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I rarely find anyone on the West coast named Ellen. It seems much more an "east coast" name. I grew up there, and always had at least one other Ellen in my class. I find that I'm often called: Helen Eileen Elaine Allen" Mar. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ellen. Or rather Ellyn as my dad spelt it. I have never EVER met anyone with the same name as me except 2 Ellen's one was my great grandma and my second grade teacher. Talk about special =)" Nov. 28, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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