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Gender: M Meaning of Ellis: "benevolent" Origin of Ellis: Welsh Ellis's Popularity in 2014: #443

Ellis is one of the less used names in the currently popular El-family. It is a popular Welsh name in its own right, sometimes spelled Elis, and also an English surname derived Elijah, by way of the Greek Elias.

Ellis Bell was the male pseudonym of Emily Bronte when she wrote Wuthering Heights. Ellis Marsalis is the paterfamilias of the noted jazz family, father of Wynton, Branford and others, and some might associate the name with Ellis Island, through which millions of immigrants entered the United States.

There have been a number of Ellises on the big and small screen -- in The Wire, Grey's Anatomy and No Country for Old Men, among others. As a surname, it's associated with designer Perry, writer Bret Easton and psychologist Havelock.

Famous People Named Ellis

Ellis Lankster, American football player
Ellis James O'Leary, son of TV host Samantha Brown
Albert Ellis, renowned American Psychologist
Bret Easton Ellis, American writer

Pop Culture References for the name Ellis

Ellis Redding, from the film "The Shawshank Redemption"
Ellis, character in the 2012 movie "Mud"
Ellis Jones, character from "The Age of Adaline"
Michael Ellis, episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus
Ellis, character in Left 4 Dead 2

Ellis's International Variations

Elis (Welsh)