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Gender: F Meaning of Ellis: "benevolent" Origin of Ellis: Welsh Ellis's Popularity in 2016: #844

Ellis, a surname used sparingly as a first in the Wallace/Morris period, sounds new now for girls, as an ambisexual alternative to Ella. It debuted in the US Top 1000 in 2015.

Ellis Bell was the name chosen by Emily Bronte as her male pseudonym, and Ellis Grey was the mother of Dr. Meredith Grey on Grey's Anatomy.

Famous People Named Ellis

Ellis Wylie, contender in the first season of "The Glee Project"
Elis Regina, legendary Brazilian singer
Tracee Ellis Ross, American actress, daughter of Diana Ross
George Francis Rayner Ellis, one of the world's leading theorists in cosmology

Pop Culture References for the name Ellis

Dr. Ellis Grey, late mother of Dr. Meredith Grey on the TV show "Grey's Anatomy"
Ellis Shepherd, daughter of Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd on the TV show "Grey's Anatomy"
Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor

Elice, Ellice