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Origin, Meaning, And History of Ellie

Ellie is a Hebrew origin name and is derived from the Hebrew words “el,” meaning “God” and “or” meaning “light.” The meaning of the name put together is “God is my light.” Ellie was initially used as a nickname for Ellen or Eleanor, especially in England and  France. It is also a variation of the Greek name Helen, which means “light.”

In Greek mythology, Hellie or Ellie appeared in the story of Jason, an ancient Greek mythological hero and Argonauts. She was the daughter of Athamas and Nefeli and the sister of Phrixus. She was once a mortal princess who was transformed into a sea goddess by Poseidon after getting drowned in the Hellespontus sea. The sea was later named after her and is called the “Sea of Helle.”

Ellie is the English version of the French name Alienor, which refers to “light.” The name also has several alternate spellings, like Elly and Elli. Ellie is also used as a nickname for other popular names like Elizabeth, Anabelle, Anabella, Isabel, Elena, Bella, Elsa, Penelope, and Ella.

Ellie is a name that stands on its own. The name fell off the Social Security Administration’s list of the top 1,000 names for girls and made a re-entry in 1992 to the 998th spot after a 62 years hiatus. The name’s popularity picked up since then and improved its stature significantly in recent years. The name made it into the list of top 100 names for girls in 2011. According to 2021 data, Ellie is ranked as the 30th most popular name for baby girls in the US.

The name also had a significant impact in popular culture. Eleanor or Miss Ellie is a fictional character from the CBS television series “Dallas,”which is  based on the lives of the rich Ewing family of Texas. Ellie is the female mammoth in the movie “Ice Age: The Meltdown.” Elle Bishop is a fictional character in the American psychological thriller series “The Heroes”  directed by Tim Kring and portrayed by Kristen Bell.


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God is the guiding light
German, Hebrew
 E..  Ei..  Eil..  Eli..  Ell..  Eel..  Ehl..  Eie.. 

How To Pronounce Ellie?


Famous People With The Name Ellie

  • Ellie SimmondsBritish Paralympic swimmer and winner of two gold medals at the 2008 Summer Paralympics, Beijing
  • Ellie GouldingEnglish singer and recipient of the Brit Award
  • Ellie KemperAmerican actress and comedian best known for her role as Erin Hannon in “The Office”
  • Ellie BamberEnglish actress, received the 3rd prize in Ian Charleson Awards
  • Eleanor RooseveltDiplomat, activist, and former First Lady of the US
  • Eleanor FarjeonEnglish author of children’s stories

Ellie On The Popularity Chart

Ellie first gained popularity in the UK before making its way to the USA and has been consistently on the rise since 2011. Learn more from the graphs below.

Popularity Over Time

Ellie has become a popular choice since 1992 and took a whooping leap in popularity for the next 20 years, with over 5000 babies per million being named Ellie.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The name Ellie was moderately used in the 20th century and made a turning point in 1992 when it was ranked 900th. Currently, it is ranked among the top 100 most popular baby names for girls.

Source: Social Security Administration

Names With Similar Sound As Ellie

Has the cute sound of Ellie impressed you? Here are some top similar-sounding names that you may consider.

Names With Similar Meaning As Ellie

How about giving your younger daughter a name that means the same as the name of the elder one? Here are some names to check out.

Name Numerology For Ellie

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