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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 of the name Ellery:

Latin: Cheerful, happy
Old English: Alder tree

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.

Baby name Ellery

Style of the name Ellery:

Classic

Gender of the name Ellery:

Ellery is a great name for both boys and girls.

Pronunciation of the name Ellery:

EHL-ehr-ree

Number of syllables in the name Ellery:

Three

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

Nicknames for the name Ellery:

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.

Related names for the name Ellery:

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 in popular culture:

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