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When many people these days think of the name Elton, a certain popular singer comes to mind. But Elton is actually an old English place name and surname that eventually became a given name. There are still some towns and villages in Great Brittain and even the United States with the name today, but none of them are too noteworthy. Elton was a top 1,000 baby name for boys in the United States for most of the 20th century, but it has since fallen out of favor. However, we think it makes a nice fresh alternative to currently popular “El” names like Elijah, Elon, and Eli.

Meaning of the name Elton:

English: Ella's town

Origin of the name Elton:

Elton's exact origins are unknown but it's thought to be a shortened version of “Ella's tun” in Old English or what would be “Ella's town” today. It most likely started out as a geographical surname assigned to people who lived in a certain area.

Symbolism of the name Elton:

Elton doesn't offer much in the way of symbolism. New parents who choose it today may be fans of singer Elton John.

Style of the name Elton:


Gender of the name Elton:

Elton is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Elton:


Number of syllables in the name Elton:


Emotion evoked from the name Elton:

The baby name Elton evokes images of someone who is fair and just and always tries to do the right thing.

Alternative spellings for the name Elton:

  • Elten
  • Eltyn
  • Eltan
  • Eltin

Nicknames for the name Elton:

Popularity of the name Elton:

According to the Social Security Administration, Elton was a top 1,000 baby name on and off up until 1990. It was most popular in 1915 when it ranked at number 278. It last ranked at number 964 in 1990.

Related names for the name Elton:

Great middle names for Elton and their meanings:

  • Michael (who is like God)
  • Bryaden (salmon)
  • Kyle (narrow strait)
  • Jack (God is gracious)
  • Henry (ruler of the house)
  • Hunter (one who hunts)
  • Martin (god of war)
  • Carter (one who transports goods)
  • Cole (swarthy, black)

Famous people with the name Elton:

  • Elton John (singer and musician)
  • Elton Dean (musician)
  • Elton Fax (author, cartoonist, and illustrator)
  • Elton D. Aberle (scientist)
  • Elton Sawyer (NASCAR driver)

Elton in popular culture:

  • Elton Tripp (character in the movie “The Californians”)
  • Elton Tiscia (character in the movie “Clueless”)
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