Ellie Name Meaning

An adorable name that got her start as a nickname, Ellie has risen to become a regular on today’s playgrounds. Precious and playful, little Ellie has won over parents with her sweet sound.

While Ellie is an old-school darling, she didn’t hit the U.S. Top 100 until 2011. Her nickname roots do influence this, however, so she may pop up more than you may think as names like Eleanor and Elizabeth are more popular and may have her as a shortened form. She has been appearing more and more in today’s films from Up to Jurassic Park. This Hollywood use may further increase her popularity.

Ellie has a vintage cutesy feel like Betty and Daisy but wears well in today’s world of Zoey and Avery. She isn’t a name that takes herself too seriously, letting her hair down and rolling up her sleeves to have a blast. She’s easy going and approachable, a beacon of fun in an all too serious world. She’s teeming with spunk, ready to spread her wings and take the world by the reins.

Less common names that could lead to Ellie are Eliana and Elora. She also has some spelling alternatives like Elly and Elli.

Infographic of Ellie name meaning, which is Originally a shortened form of common El- names like Elizabeth, Ellie is an English name.
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Ellie Name Popularity

How popular is the name Ellie? Here’s everything we know.

  • In 2018 Ellie was the 37th most popular girls name, representing 0.3778% of girl births in the U.S.

  • Since 1910 Ellie has been the 465th most popular girls name, representing 0.0399% of girl births in the U.S.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 524 27 0.0077%
1911 576 22 0.0059%
1912 589 35 0.0069%
1913 534 55 0.0097%
1914 611 46 0.0066%
1915 684 57 0.0063%
1916 657 67 0.0069%
1917 703 57 0.0057%
1918 583 104 0.0097%
1919 679 65 0.0062%
1920 735 58 0.0052%
1921 748 59 0.0052%
1922 674 75 0.0067%
1923 799 49 0.0044%
1924 766 59 0.0051%
1925 711 70 0.0062%
1926 795 47 0.0043%
1927 785 49 0.0044%
1928 847 37 0.0035%
1929 905 28 0.0027%
1930 848 36 0.0034%
1931 1,002 19 0.0019%
1932 1,243 10 0.001%
1933 972 20 0.0021%
1934 1,021 17 0.0018%
1935 1,069 15 0.0015%
1936 836 30 0.0031%
1937 894 26 0.0026%
1938 1,330 7 0.0007%
1939 1,214 10 0.001%
1940 1,530 5 0.0005%
1941 1,173 13 0.0012%
1942 0 0%
1943 1,399 10 0.0008%
1944 0 0%
1945 1,188 14 0.0011%
1946 1,879 5 0.0003%
1947 1,842 5 0.0003%
1948 1,784 6 0.0004%
1949 1,704 6 0.0004%
1950 1,449 11 0.0007%
1951 1,429 13 0.0008%
1952 0 0%
1953 1,337 18 0.001%
1954 1,352 19 0.001%
1955 1,593 12 0.0007%
1956 1,520 16 0.0008%
1957 1,913 6 0.0003%
1958 1,643 12 0.0006%
1959 1,535 17 0.0009%
1960 1,426 23 0.0012%
1961 1,636 15 0.0008%
1962 1,573 17 0.0009%
1963 0 0%
1964 1,638 15 0.0009%
1965 1,511 18 0.0011%
1966 2,228 5 0.0003%
1967 1,837 11 0.0007%
1968 1,893 10 0.0007%
1969 0 0%
1970 1,952 12 0.0008%
1971 0 0%
1972 1,791 15 0.0011%
1973 1,867 13 0.001%
1974 2,458 5 0.0004%
1975 1,592 24 0.0019%
1976 1,748 18 0.0014%
1977 2,005 14 0.001%
1978 2,022 13 0.001%
1979 1,384 42 0.003%
1980 2,249 12 0.0008%
1981 2,038 17 0.0012%
1982 1,627 30 0.002%
1983 1,863 19 0.0013%
1984 3,055 5 0.0003%
1985 2,448 10 0.0007%
1986 2,511 10 0.0007%
1987 1,497 42 0.0028%
1988 1,370 53 0.0034%
1989 1,190 84 0.0052%
1990 1,154 100 0.006%
1991 1,101 115 0.0071%
1992 925 163 0.0102%
1993 777 215 0.0138%
1994 819 197 0.0128%
1995 625 304 0.0202%
1996 604 334 0.0223%
1997 529 406 0.0275%
1998 436 568 0.0379%
1999 392 681 0.0455%
2000 361 794 0.052%
2001 336 884 0.0587%
2002 200 1,601 0.1068%
2003 185 1,712 0.1125%
2004 190 1,805 0.1184%
2005 184 1,870 0.1223%
2006 177 1,967 0.1256%
2007 175 1,991 0.1262%
2008 167 1,981 0.1282%
2009 145 2,223 0.1487%
2010 104 2,903 0.2014%
2011 97 3,052 0.2142%
2012 83 3,383 0.2374%
2013 74 3,761 0.2642%
2014 55 4,476 0.3072%
2015 47 4,860 0.334%
2016 43 5,060 0.351%
2017 44 4,984 0.3571%
2018 37 5,190 0.3778%

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Names Like Ellie

If you like Ellie, you’ll love these other names like Ellie.


What names are diminutives of Ellie?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Ellie sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Ellie, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
El

Sun ray, shining light

Greek

Elle

She

French

#363 (0.057%)  

What names are variants of Ellie?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Ellie.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ellee

Other, foreign; sun ray, shining light

Greek

#2,484 (0.0011%)  
Elli

Noble, exalted; sun ray, shining light; other, foreign

Greek

#2,277 (0.0015%)  

What names sound like Ellie?

If you like how Ellie sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Ellie.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Allie

Shortened Al- name form

English

#336 (0.0635%)  
Bella

Beautiful one

Italian

#48 (0.3282%)  
Ella

Other goddess

Hebrew

#15 (0.5863%)  
Ellen

Sun ray, shining light

Greek

#728 (0.0221%)  
Ellia

Other, foreign

German

#1,596 (0.0043%)  
Elsa

God's promise; God is my oath

Hebrew

#833 (0.018%)  
Elsie

God is my oath

English

#268 (0.0844%)  
Etta

A diminutive form of Henrietta, “mistress of the home.”

Italian

#897 (0.0159%)  
Ollie

Olive tree

Latin

#2,229 (0.0016%)  

What names are similar to Ellie?

Find a name that’s like Ellie, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Anna

Gracious

Hebrew

#54 (0.301%)  
Ava

To live

Latin

#3 (1.0863%)  
Daisy

Daisy flower

English

#168 (0.1218%)  
Hannah

Grace

Hebrew

#33 (0.409%)  
Harper

Harp Player

English

#9 (0.7702%)  
Mia

Dear

Scandinavian

#7 (0.9202%)  
Molly

Of the sea

English

#152 (0.1296%)  
Natalie

Christmas Day

French

#39 (0.3709%)  
Olivia

Olive tree

Latin

#2 (1.3044%)  
Tessa

Harvest

Greek

#238 (0.0943%)  

Lists With Ellie

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Siblings of Ellie

Mamas with kids named Ellie also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ryleigh

Rye clearing

English

6 Comments

  1. I chose that name when I was I little girl something about it just always stuck with me. I came to really like it after she was born because I found out that biblically it mean God is my light God is my candle. And she was born at 24 weeks and is fighting everyday to be able to come home ( she is doing very well) I don’t think I could have picked a better name for my baby.

  2. Love her !!

  3. Ellie is named after her great grandmother. Her official name is Elinor but we will call her Ellie.

  4. I just liked Ellie

  5. My husband fell in love with the name. Origins are important to me and it has Hebrew origins which I loved and means “God is my light” – we hope our Ellie will always allow God to be her light.

  6. Ellie is short for Eleanor. We love that Eleanor means shining light.


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