Gender: Male Meaning of Ellis: "benevolent" Origin of Ellis: Welsh Ellis's Popularity in 2019: #342

Ellis Origin and Meaning

The name Ellis is a boy's name of English, Welsh origin meaning "benevolent".

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.

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Rank in US: #342

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Elis (Welsh)


LFrank Says:


I like Ellis on both boys and girls, but to say it is mostly a girl's name is false. According to BehindtheName, it ranks as number 317 for boys in the US, and 783 for girls. Plus it's been ranking as a boy's name since 1880, whereas the girls' trend just started in 2015. So it's only recently gained some momentum for girls, but it's been a long standing boy's name for many years. I certainly think it's nice on either gender though!

Ellissss Says:


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Ellissss Says:


I'm a female called Ellis and I love it. It's a great unisex name

cj85 Says:


i have a female pal named Ellis! i've always liked it, it suits her.

CailinRua Says:


My cat is called Mister Ellis, usually known as Mister.

Tatertotter19 Says:


Never heard of a girl named Ellis, just boys.

xBethie Says:


Much prefer it used as a boys name. Being from Wales, it's so odd to me that it's used as a girls name.

Sapphire Says:


Ellis is mostly a girls name now so.........

Sapphire Says:


I personally LOVE this name for a girl....... does anyone agree with me?

andermac Says:


I love Ellis! I keep asking my husband about it hoping he'll see the light and decide he likes it too... no such luck :(

Wildmoonchild Says:


Ellis is such a gorgeous name for a little boy. Adore this and would totally use it on a future child!

richardkr34 Says:


Ellis is #1 for us

whitlane Says:


We just named our baby Ellis (to join brother and sister Liam & Lanie). Love the old fashioned feel to it!

larkspur83 Says:


We just named our son Ellis! Love the name and it suits him perfectly.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I like the name Ellis.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


I really like Ellis, considering my usual dislike of short/modern names. I'm surprised its not more popular and can easily see me using it in the future.

SoDallas3 Says:


I love Ellis for a little boy and have for a pretty long time. Started considering it as a middle name for John. John Ellis. My boyfriend is American and I am Australian, so it'd be a nice nod to his family's emmigration to America (by way of New York.)

PoppyOrangey Says:


Ellis, Edgar, Seamus, and Seymour are my favorite "old man" names that I think would be adorable on a little boy!