Ellyn Name Meaning & Origin

Ellyn

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).

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Comments and insights on the name Ellyn

Fifteenth century variant of "Helen" in England, meaning "light" or "torch. Can be found among medieval brasses, and prominent in Elizabethan records.

Most well-known bearer of the name: Ellyn Bowman, English Puritan activist who smuggled books to the famous Non-conformist clergyman Henry Barrow while he was imprisoned at Fleet. She died circa 1591.

Ellyn and Nelly are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Ellyn

Born in 1975, my dad really liked the spelling, I really do too - looks pretty I think :) I like having a name that is unique yet not off-the-wall or made-up. It's great for the nickname too, just remove the "n" to get Elly.

Another perk is it's easy to recognize junk mail that is addressed to Ellen.

Nicknames for Ellyn

Elly, Ellie, Nell.

Meanings and history of the name Ellyn

Variant of Helen meaning "light" or "torch".

Famous real-life people named Ellyn

Ellyn Bowman was a sixteenth century English Puritan. She is known for having smuggled books to clergyman Henry Barrow in prison.

Ellyn in song, story & screen

"Lady Ellyn", character in Gerald Morris's medieval fiction "The Quest of the Fair Unknown".
Ellyn Warren, career-oriented best friend of Hope Steadman on the 90's TV series "thirtysomething".

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