Ellen: baby girl name meaning and popularity

Ellen

An English variation of the Greek name Helen, meaning "shining light." Like the one shining brightly in your eyes when your little Ellen flicks it on at 5 a.m. and proclaims it's "time for everybody to get up."

Nicknames:

Elle, Ellie.

Famous people named Ellen:

Comedienne Ellen DeGeneres; actresses Ellen Page, Ellen Burstyn, Ellen Pompeo, and Ellen Barkin; Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Barry; astronaut Ellen Ochoa.

Fun fact:

In the book (and subsequent film) Gone With the Wind, Scarlett O'Hara's mother's name is Ellen.

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