A habitational surname from England, referring to a town. But even though it’s originally a last name, it sounds distinguished as a first. As distinguished as it can get when it’s given to a toothless, pants-pooping infant, that is.
Famous people named Ellington:
Drummer Ellington Ratliff; composer/pianist Edward "Duke" Ellington.
There are towns called Ellington in Connecticut, New York, Missouri, and Wisconsin -- and towns called Ellington Township in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Minnesota.