Ellen Name Meaning & Origin

Ellen

Pronunciation: EH-lin (key)

Origin of the name Ellen:

Originally a variant form of Helen, Ellen is now also commonly used as a variant of Eleanor. Both names, however, are ultimately derived from the same Grrek root ēlē (light, torch, bright).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Elena, Elin, Elle, Ellie, Ellin, Nell

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Nicknames for Ellen

Ellie, Elle, Nell, Nelle, Ella, Elser, Elson, Elmo, Melon, Elz

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Famous real-life people named Ellen

Ellen Glasgow, American writer
Ellen Gould White, nineteenth century American religious leader
Ellen Herndon Arthur, First Lady and wife of Chester Alan Arthur
Ellen Axson Wilson, First Lady and wife of Woodrow Wilson
Ellen Raskin, author
Ellen Burstyn, actress
Ellen Barkin, actress
Ellen Foley, actress
Ellen Green, actress
Dame Ellen McArthur, yachtswoman
Ellen DeGeneres, actress and talk show host
Ellen Pompeo, actress
Ellen Page, actress
Ellen Muth, actress
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and Nobel Prize Laureate.
Ellen McLain, voice actress and opera singer best known for voicing GLaDOS in the Portal franchise, later reprising her role in LEGO Dimensions

Ellen in song, story & screen

Ellen Ripley, the hero from the Alien film series
"Countess Ellen Olenska", Edith Wharton's memorable character from "The Age of Innocence"
Ellen Dolan, the love interest in Will Eisner's Spirit (comic strip)
Ellen O'Hara, Scarlett's mother in "Gone with the Wind"
Ellen Harvelle, (Samantha Ferris) from CW's 'Supernatural', mother of Joanna Harvelle
Ellen Carrol, character in Robert C. O'Brien's "The Silver Crown"
Ellen Tibbets, a character in a book by Beverly Cleary, who wrote the Beezus and Ramona books
Ellen Love, character in Mr Selfridge

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