Name: Ellen

Origin and Meaning of the Name Ellen

  • Meaning:
    Torch; bright light
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    (EL lun)
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    English, Norwegian and Swedish speaking countries
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    Except for its roots to Helen this name can also be linked to more common El-names such as Eleanor.

    There are various actresses named Ellen such as comedian Ellen DeGeneres, 'Grey's Anatomy' star Ellen Pompeo, Ellen Barkin and Academy award winner Ellen Burstyn.

    Ellen MacArthur is a British yachtswoman, who broke the world record for solo non-stop circumnavigation in a yacht in 2005.

    The name is particularly popular in Sweden, where it was the 19th most popular name in 2006.

Similar Names to Ellen for Boys & Girls

Popularity Rank of Ellen (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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