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Gender: Female Meaning of Ellie: "bright shining one" Origin of Ellie: English, diminutive of Eleanor and Ellen Ellie's Popularity in 2017: #44

The name Ellie is a girl's name of English origin meaning "bright shining one". Ellie is ranked #44 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Names That Mean Hope and discussed in our forums with posts like "Adding Then Eliminating -- Girls Themed".

From the experts:

Ellie first took off in the UK--yes, in this nickname form--and this warm and friendly name has also taken off here. In 2011, Ellie entered the Top 100 for the first time and has remained near the top of the charts since.

Ellie has been making many media appearances--she's been seen in the animated film Up, on The West Wing, and even as a woolly mammoth in the film Ice Age: The Meltdown.

One caveat, if you are considering Ellie: Along with all the girls named Ellie and longer forms such as Eleanor and Ella, there are going to be an awful lot of Ellies around in coming years.

Find other names based on Ellie using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Ellie

Eleanor Louise "Ellie" Greenwich, American songwriter
Elena Jane "Ellie" Goulding, English singer
Elizabeth Claire "Ellie" Kemper, American actress
Eleanor Suzanne "Ellie" Daniel, American Olympic swimmer
Ellie Darcey-Alden, English actress
Ellie Haddington, Scottish actress
Ellie Krieger, American celebrity chef and cookbook author
Eleanor May "Ellie" Simmonds, British Paralympic swimmer
Ellie Victoria Cole, Australian Paralympic swimmer
Ellie Lambeti, Greek actress
Ellie Delvaux, Belgian singer and song writer
Ellie Katherine Brush, Australian soccer and football player
Ellie (Griffiths) Mecham, American vlogger as part of "Ellie and Jared"
Ellie Jane Ross, daughter of actress Sheila Hancock and Alec Ross
Ellie Scarborough, daughter 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 Jade Rice (b. 2015), daughter of TV personality Nikkole Paulun of "16 and Pregnant"

Pop Culture References for the name Ellie

Ellie Fredricksen, Carl's wife in Pixar's "Up"
Eleanor "Ellie" Nash, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Eleanor Jane "Ellie" Mills, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Ellie Linton, main character in book/movie "Tomorrow, When the War Began"
Ellie, main character in video game "The Last of Us"
Ellie Creed, girl in Stephen King's "Pet Sematary"
Eleanor "Miss Ellie" Ewing, matriarch on TV's "Dallas"
Ellen "Ellie" Andrews, character in movie "It Happened One Night"
Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop, character on TV's "NCIS"
Eleanor Faye "Ellie" Bartowski Woodcomb, character on TV's "Chuck"
Ellie Miller, character on British TV series "Broadchurch"
Ellie Langford, character in Dead Space
Ellie Walker, character on The Andy Griffith Show
Ellie Harp, character on TV's One Tree Hill
Ellie Trout, character on American soap "General Hospital"
Ellie Stone mystery series, by James Ziskin
"Ellie Parker," 2005 movie and main character
Ellie Jackson, main character in 1984 movie "Ellie"
Ellie Stinson, daughter of Barney on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Ellie, mammoth in the Ice Age movies
Ellie Bartlet, daughter on TV's "The West Wing"
Ellie Arroway, main character in book/movie "Contact"
Ellie Rebecca Brass, character on TV's "CSI"
Dr. Ellie Sattler, character in the Jurassic Park series
Ellie Torres, main character on TV's "Cougar Town"
Ellie, character in "The Roar" by Emma Clayton
Ellie, character in video game "Borderlands 2"
Ellie Dennis, character on TV's "Recovery Road"
Ellie Peters, character on TV's "Stuck in the Middle"
Ellie Harrison, character on TV's "Sean Saves the World"
Ellie Blake, character in the 2018 Disney Channel Original Movie/musical "Freaky Friday"


rosieflower Says:


I think this is a cute name but SO common. So we want to use it as a middle name for our little girl; Ashton Ellie (Ashie for short). I think it's beautiful!

SarahMarie14 Says:


I think I’m going to use the name Eliza and give my daughter the nick name of Ellie :)

isolemnlysweariamuptodrarry Says:


my 4 year old cousin and my 12 year old friend and both called Ellie and they both really suit it, you grow into it really well

paulapuddephatt Says:


Or Elowen. I do like Ellie as an independent name, or Ella, but there are some lovely options for the full name, if you prefer it to be a nickname. 😃

indiefendi2 Says:


I said a while ago that I was astounded that simply Ellie was #74 now it's even more popular at #47! This is crazy to me. I think very soon it will be in the Top 20.

foreverharriet Says:


Absolutely adore this name, but it's the name of my favourite childhood toy (bright pink elephant!) so definitely not on my list!

TheSlothPrincess Says:


I actually really like this name. It sounds sweet and girly, but would still sound nice on a grown woman. I picture an Ellie as being a kind, friendly person with a big smile. I like this more than Elle or Ella, and you could use it as a nickname for Ellen or Eleanor if you don't think it sounds like a proper name on its own.

LavenderLullabies Says:


I actually knew a man with this name once. Never though it'd work on a boy, but he actually pulled it off really well. I guess if people are naming girls boy names, it could go the other way too.

snowsbeloved Says:


It's kind of like in some baby naming books the origin of "Allie" is the Arabic "Ali", a form of Allah. But in some books it just says that Allie is a short form of names beginning with "Al-". So in the same way, Elizabeth may not share the same root as Ellie but it sure shares the same sound.

snowsbeloved Says:


But there IS speculation that the Greek name Helen influenced Eleanor and the other variants: Elena, Elaine, Helena, Ellen. Helle might have been the very first form or even the root name.

snowsbeloved Says:


Yeah, I get that sometimes too. Regina? Georgina? Nope, just Gina :)

snowsbeloved Says:


Cute, but I'd rather use it as a nickname for a longer name, like Eleanor or Eloise.

grace147 Says:


such a cute name.

Elle Says:


My name is elle

FantasyandPrayer Says:


A cute nickname but it doesn't work as a full name for me. Plus I know tons of Ellies.

indiefendi2 Says:


Ellie is cute and all but Elle is more dignified for me. I'm astounded that this is #74.

ellieisawesome Says:


go Ellie

Ellie Says:


My name is Ellie and everyone thinks that it is a nick name but it is not

Ellie Acheson Says:


The Greek name Ellie is pronounced the same as the English one, but has a different origin. Instead of being short for Ellen or Eleanor it is a full name, from a minor figure in Greek mythology called Helle.
The name can also be spelled Elli and its etymological meaning is probably just "Greek".

(I know it because it's my name and I am always telling people it's not short for Eleanor!)

PineWarrior Says:


I know an Ellie-great artist with a great personality. And also, Ellie from the Pixar movie 'UP'

ellie Says:


my name is ellie and im proud of it

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


I guess. Thank you for answering my question I was curious.

nielseel Says:


I am an Elizabeth that goes by Ellie. Makes quite a lot of sense to me as the the first tow letters of elizabeth are eli, shorten that your not going to call someone eelie or eel, the softened E makes the name sound appropriate and the similar spelling is why its used as a nn. Not any more crazy than Bill for william or Jack for John.

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


Can someone please explain why this and Ella are nicknames for Elizabeth? I met a Elizabeth who was called Ellie and Ella but I don't get it

kmdharrington Says:


I prefer Elia