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Gender: female
Pronunciation: EL-ee
Meaning: light, variation of Eleanor and Ellen
Related Names: Elaine, Eleanor, Elizabeth, Ella, Ellen, Ellia, Ellice, Ellin, Eloise, Elsie, Elvie, Elle, Ellee, Elli, Elly, Helen

Length: 5 Gender: {{#if female



Rank in 2000s: 212


Name: ellie Origin: English,,, Greek,, Meaning (no case): light, variation of eleanor and ellen



Ellie is a nickname for feminine names beginning with “El-,” most commonly used as a short form of Eleanor. Some suggest the name Ellie comes the ancient Germanic name Alja, meaning “entire.” Others believe the name comes from a Norman French nickname for names containing “ali”, which means “foreigner.” [1] Ellie may also be derived from the Greek name Helen, lending it the meaning of “light.” [1]

This is also a familiar form of Ella & Elle.


As a stand-alone name, Ellie was a popular choice in the U.S. at the turn of the century. Though it didn’t make the list of the top 1000 names for girls from 1931 until 1992, it has recently been rediscovered as a favorite, making the top 200 every year since 2002.[1] In the UK, Ellie ranked in 13th place in 2007. [1]

In the U.S.:

  • 2007: Rank = 174
  • 2006: Rank = 176
  • 2005: Rank = 183
  • 2004: Rank = 189
  • 2003: Rank = 187
  • 2002: Rank = 200
  • 2001: Rank = 338
  • 2000: Rank = 360
  • 1999: Rank = 393[1]


Ellie is the name of a 1984 comedy film (R) set in the deep south. In the film, the title character Ellie (Sheila Kennedy) witnesses her father’s murder by her stepmother and three stepbrothers who want to collect the insurance money, and Ellie vows to avenge his death. Other actors appearing in the film include Shelley Winters, George Gobel, Pat Paulsen, and Edward Albert. [1]


  • Ellie - character in the television series Chuck
  • Ellie Nash- character in Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Ellie “Miss Ellie” Ewing - character in the television series Dallas
  • Eleanor “Ellie” Bartlet - character on The West Wing
  • Ellie Hart - character in One Tree Hill
  • Ellie Walker - character in The Andy Griffith Show
  • Ellie Burr - character in Insomnia
  • Ellie Sattler - character in Jurassic Park
  • Ellie Morgan - character in The Key by Eudora Welty




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Author: Samantha Bell

Facts about EllieRDF feed
Gender female  +
Length 5  +
Meaning light, variation of Eleanor and Ellen  +
Meaningnc light, variation of eleanor and ellen  +
Name ellie  +
Origin English  +, and Greek  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation EL-ee  +
Rank in 2000s 212  +
Related Elaine  +, Eleanor  +, Elizabeth  +, Ella  +, Ellen  +, Ellia  +, Ellice  +, Ellin  +, Eloise  +, Elsie  +, Elvie  +, Elle  +, Ellee  +, Elli  +, Elly  +, and Helen  +
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