English, diminutive of Eleanor and Ellen
"bright shining one"

Ellie Origin and Meaning

The name Ellie is a girl's name of English origin meaning "bright shining one".

Ellie first took off in the UK—yes, in this nickname form—and this warm and friendly name has also become hugely popular here. In 2011, Ellie entered the US Top 100 girl names for the first time and has remained near the top of the charts ever since.

Ellie derived as a nickname for names beginning with El-, such as Eleanor, Ella, and Elizabeth. In fact, Ellie's biggest downside is that it's used as a nickname for so many names, and given so frequently on its own, that you are sure to hear it far more than you might guess. Ellie is the standard spelling, but Elly and Elli are occasionally seen as variations.

Ellie also has surprising international range, ranking highly not only in English-speaking countries but throughout Scandinavia and in Belgium and Switzerland.

Ellie has been making many media appearances. Most recently, she's the young heroine played by Bella Ramsey in The Last of Us, based on a popular video game. Ellie has also been seen in the animated film Up, on The West Wing, and even as a woolly mammoth in the film Ice Age: The Meltdown.

# 27 in the US

Ellie Rank in US Top 1000

# 156 on Nameberry

Ellie Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ellie Popularity

Famous People Named Ellie

  • Eleanor Louise "Ellie" GreenwichAmerican songwriter
  • Elena Jane "Ellie" GouldingEnglish singer
  • Elizabeth Claire "Ellie" KemperAmerican actress
  • Eleanor Suzanne "Ellie" DanielAmerican Olympic swimmer
  • Ellie DarceyAlden, English actress
  • Ellie HaddingtonScottish actress
  • Ellie KriegerAmerican celebrity chef and cookbook author
  • Eleanor May "Ellie" SimmondsBritish Paralympic swimmer
  • Ellie Victoria ColeAustralian Paralympic swimmer
  • Ellie LambetiGreek actress
  • Ellie DelvauxBelgian singer and song writer
  • Ellie Katherine BrushAustralian soccer and football player
  • Ellie (Griffiths) MechamAmerican vlogger as part of "Ellie and Jared"
  • Ellie Jane Rossdaughter of actress Sheila Hancock and Alec Ross
  • Ellie Scarboroughdaughter of TV anchor Chuck Scarborough
  • Ellie Bridget Bates (b. 2007)16th child (9th daughter) of the reality TV's "Bringing Up Bates" family
  • Ellie Porter (b. 2008)daughter of singer Lisa Kelly and dancer Scott Porter
  • Eleanor "Ellie" Kennedy (b. 2015)daughter of politician Joseph P. Kennedy III

Ellie in Pop Culture

  • Ellie FredricksenCarl's wife in Pixar's "Up"
  • Eleanor "Ellie" Nashcharacter on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
  • Eleanor Jane "Ellie" Millscharacter on British soap "Hollyoaks"
  • Ellie Lintonmain character in book/movie "Tomorrow, When the War Began"
  • Elliemain character in video game "The Last of Us"
  • Ellie Creedgirl in Stephen King's "Pet Sematary"
  • Eleanor "Miss Ellie" Ewingmatriarch on TV's "Dallas"
  • Ellen "Ellie" Andrewscharacter in movie "It Happened One Night"
  • Eleanor "Ellie" Bishopcharacter on TV's "NCIS"
  • Eleanor Faye "Ellie" Bartowski Woodcombcharacter on TV's "Chuck"
  • Ellie Millercharacter on British TV series "Broadchurch"
  • Ellie Langfordcharacter in Dead Space
  • Ellie Walkercharacter on The Andy Griffith Show
  • Ellie Harpcharacter on TV's One Tree Hill
  • Ellie Troutcharacter on American soap "General Hospital"
  • Ellie Stone mystery seriesby James Ziskin
  • "Ellie Parker" 2005 movie and main character
  • Ellie Jacksonmain character in 1984 movie "Ellie"
  • Ellie Stinsondaughter of Barney on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
  • Elliemammoth in the Ice Age movies
  • Ellie Bartletdaughter on TV's "The West Wing"
  • Ellie Arrowaymain character in book/movie "Contact"
  • Ellie Rebecca Brasscharacter on TV's "CSI"
  • Dr. Ellie Sattlercharacter in the Jurassic Park series
  • Ellie Torresmain character on TV's "Cougar Town"
  • Elliecharacter in "The Roar" by Emma Clayton
  • Elliecharacter in video game "Borderlands 2"
  • Ellie Dennischaracter on TV's "Recovery Road"
  • Ellie Peterscharacter on TV's "Stuck in the Middle"
  • Ellie Harrisoncharacter on TV's "Sean Saves the World"
  • Ellie Blakecharacter in the 2018 Disney Channel Original Movie/musical "Freaky Friday"

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