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Top Baby Names Starting with E

Baby names starting with E are well-loved, particularly for girls. In fact, the most popular girl name beginning with E, Emma, has also held the title of top girl name in the US for over five years. It’s common internationally as well, particularly in Western Europe. Old Testament Elijah is top E name for boys, having superseded another strong but sweet biblical name, Ethan.

Along with Emma, other girl names beginning with E in the US Top 100 include Evelyn, Elizabeth, Ella, Eleanor, and Everly. As well as Elijah, boy names starting with E in the US Top 100 include Eli, Ezra, Easton, Elias, and Ezekiel.

Further down the list, E names on the rise include the contemporary Emberly, retro nicknames Elsie, Evie, Emmy and variants, and newly unisex Ezra — for girls. There are plenty more unique options for boys with incredible style, such as the on-trend but uncommon Emrys or the romantic Italian Elio.

Here, our full selection of baby names starting with E. The top names below rank among the current US Top 1000 baby names and are ordered by popularity. Unique names rank below the Top 1000 and are listed alphabetically.

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  • Emma

    Emma originated as a diminutive for Germanic names beginning with the ermen root. A very old royal name well used throughout the centuries—Queen Emma married King Ethelred the Unready in... Read More 

  • Elijah

    Elijah is derived from the Hebrew name Eliyahu, composed of the elements ’el and yah, both of which refer to God. In the Old Testament, Elijah was the prophet who went to heaven... Read More 

  • Evelyn

    Evelyn derives from the French feminine given name Aveline, which is from an obscure Germanic root which may mean "desired, wished for" or "water, island". The name Aveline was brought over to... Read More 

  • Ethan

    Ethan derives from the Hebrew name Eitan. There are several Ethans in the Old Testament, the most prominent of whom, Ethan the Ezrahite, is praised for his wisdom. International variations include... Read More 

  • Emily

    Emily was derived from the Roman name Aemilia, which may have evolved from the Latin word aemulus, meaning “hardworking” or “rival.” Amelia, although similar, has separate origins — it... Read More 

  • Ella

    Ella has parallel derivations, first as the Norman variation of the Germanic Alia—itself a nickname for names containing the element ali. It’s also a Hebrew name, referring to a tree in... Read More 

  • Elizabeth

    Elizabeth is derived from the Hebrew name Elisheva, formed by the components ’el, meaning “God,” and shava’, “oath.” In the Bible, Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist,... Read More 

  • Eleanor

    While some think Eleanor is a variation of Helen via Ellen, it actually derives from the Provencal phrase alia Aenor, meaning "other Aenor," used to distinguish the original Eleanor, who... Read More 

  • Ellie

    Ellie derived as a nickname for names beginning with El-, such as Eleanor, Ellen, and Elizabeth. It is increasingly being used as a standalone name, particularly in the UK. Ellie is the standard... Read More 

  • Emilia

    Emilia is the feminine form of the Roman clan name Aemilius, which derived from the Latin aemulus, meaning “rival.” In Shakespeare’s Othello, Emilia is the wife of Iago and... Read More