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Gender: Female Meaning of Ellis: "benevolent" Origin of Ellis: Welsh Ellis's Popularity in 2017: #737

The name Ellis is a girl's name of Welsh origin meaning "benevolent". Ellis is ranked #737 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Artistic Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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.

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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
Martha Ellis Gellhorn, legendary writer and journalist, as well as Hemingway's third wife
Ellis Ward, British television presenter

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


richardkr34 Says:


This is a guy's name.

isolemnlysweariamuptodrarry Says:


I like this for a girl more than for a boy but maybe that is because one of my best friend's baby sister is called Ellis and it really is cute on her. I know a boy called Ellis but he prefers his middle name, David because people used to think he was a girl, it is cute for both though

Eliza1303 Says:


This is my favorite girls name. It can fit with so many different personalities. I really like the middle name Mary with it too. Ellis Mary. So nice.

Ziggy2112 Says:


Very masculine.

95mmaa Says:


This is my new favorite name, thanks to Grey's Anatomy! :3 Ellie can be a possible nickname too. :)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I really like this name!

Expectant Mama Says:


This is my daughter's name, so of course I love it!

mabespark Says:


This is so fresh and pretty.

unicornluvgirl Says:


I like it!