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Gender: M Meaning of Ellis: "benevolent" Origin of Ellis: Welsh Ellis's Popularity in 2016: #346

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 Paul (born Paul Plissey), American singer-songwriter
Ellis Charles Wackett, Australian Air Force commander
Ellis Andrew Stones, Australian landscape architect
Ellis Ashmead-Bartlett, English war correspondant
Ellis Lankster, American football player
Ellis James O'Leary (b. 2013), son of TV host Samantha Brown and Kevin O'Leary; twin sister Elizabeth Mae
Bret Easton Ellis, American novelist

Pop Culture References for the name Ellis

Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding, character in film "The Shawshank Redemption"
Ellis Jones, character in film "The Age of Adaline"
Ellis Shepherd, son of Derek and Meredith on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
Ellis, character in the 2012 movie "Mud"
Ellis, character in Left 4 Dead 2
Ellis, character in TV's Parks and Recreation

Ellis's International Variations

Elis (Welsh)