When you think of names that have lasted centuries, Ellis may not be the first one to come to mind, but it's been popular in English-speaking countries since the Middle Ages. In the United States, it's been in the top 1,000 since at least the turn of the 19th century, and it's currently on the rise. Throughout history, the name has been associated with writers and musicians, and if you're looking for a cool origin story, you have several to choose from when it comes to the baby name Ellis.

Meaning of the name Ellis:

Welsh: Kind
Hebrew: Yahweh is God or the Lord is my God
French: Fleur-de-lis

Origin of the name Ellis:

Ellis has a few potential origins. Some say it is derived from the Hebrew name Elijah. Others believe it's the English version of the Welsh name Elisedd. In France, as a surname, Ellis is thought to be derived from “fleur-de-lis,” a symbol of a lily that was used to represent Catholic saints in France and is considered a decorative symbol today.

Symbolism of the name Ellis:

Depending on which origin story you believe, Ellis may symbolize royalty or have religious meaning. If you believe it was derived from the Hebrew name Elijah, you may know that Elijah in the Bible was a prophet who rode chariots of fire to heaven. If you believe it was derived from the Welsh name Elisedd, you may believe it symbolizes royalty as that was the name of several kings in Wales during the Middle Ages. The French origin relating to the fleur-de-lis was thought to symbolize several Catholic Saints, particularly the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph.

Style of the name Ellis:


Gender of the name Ellis:

Ellis is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Ellis:


Number of syllables in the name Ellis:


Emotion evoked from the name Ellis:

Because the baby name Ellis has been used by many writers, musicians and literary and movie characters, it often evokes images of someone who is intelligent and creative.

Alternative spellings for the name Ellis:

  • Elis
  • Elys
  • Ellys

Nicknames for the name Ellis:

Popularity of the name Ellis:

Ellis has been on the list of the top 1,000 baby names since at least 1900. In 2020, it ranked at number 325, according to the Social Security Administration.

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Great middle names for Ellis and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Ellis:

  • Ellis Marsalis (jazz musician)
  • Ellis Arnall (politiican)
  • Ellis Burks (baseball player)
  • Ellis Parker Butler (author)
  • Ellis Johnson (football player)

Ellises in popular culture:

  • Ellis Shepherd (character on the TV show “Grey's Anatomy”)
  • Ellis (character in the movie “Mud”)
  • Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding (character in the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”)
  • Ellis Jones (character in the movie “The Age of Adaline”)
  • Uncle Ellis (character in the movie “No Country for Old Men”)