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Ellery is a beautiful classic baby name. Winsome in composition and effervescent in sound, this name is a great option for those destined for a life of good cheer. Ellery Queen is a pseudonym of two bestselling authors, and Ellery Hathaway is the titular protagonist of the popular mystery series. Keep reading to learn more about this name.

Meaning and Origin of the Name Ellery:

Ellery is a medieval version of the classic name Hillary. This name derived from the Latin words Hilarius and Hilaria (meaning “cheerful”). Alternatively, Ellery can also derive from the Old English element aler (meaning “alder tree”). In this context, Ellery referred to a person who lived near an orchard or grove.

Symbolism of the Name Ellery:

Ellery is a medieval variation of Hillary. The name derived from the Latin root hilaris (meaning “cheerful”). It is the same root that produced the English word “hilarious”. Ancient Romans held festivals known as Hilaria during the March equinox to honor the goddess Cybele. Symbols of Cybele include the turret crown and the tinkling cymbal.

Nicknames for the Name Ellery:

Ellery is a wonderful choice for a new baby! If you're seriously considering this name, you need to check out each of the nicknames on our list:

Baby name Ellery


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Gender of the Name Ellery:

Ellery is a great name for both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the Name Ellery:


Number of Syllables in the Name Ellery:


Emotion Evoked From the Name Ellery:

The name Ellery evokes feelings of amicability and allure.

Alternative Spellings for the Name Ellery:

  • Elery
  • Ellerie
  • Elleri
  • Ellary

Popularity of the Name Ellery:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Ellery ranked among the top 1,000 baby names for boys in 1904, 1908, and 1959. Once preferred for boys, Ellery is on the rise among the top 2,000 baby names for girls. Ellery currently does not have any history on the top 1,000 for either gender in the 21st century.

Great Middle Names for Ellery and Their Meanings:

  • Afton (river settlement, evening)
  • Avril (April, opening, beginning)
  • Blair (meadow, plain, field)
  • Eve (life, breath)
  • Fern (green plant)
  • Holiday (holy day, festival)
  • Manon (star of the sea)
  • Sasha (defender of men)
  • Sutton (south town)
  • Valentine (strong, healthy, brave, valorous)

Famous People with the Name Ellery:

  • Ellery Hathaway (titular protagonist of the mystery series by Joanna Schaffhausen)
  • Ellery Queen (joint pseudonym of authors Frederic Dannay and Manfred Lee)
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