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It's lovely.
amashunk  1/30/2005
Ellen was the name of Scarlett's mother in 'Gone with the Wind.'
alberto  2/21/2005
I love this name! I found out that it means "bright" in Greek, I believe!
― Anonymous User  6/1/2005
Ellen is my name, as it was my great grandmother's. The name was one of the most popular girls names in England, Ireland, Wales and America in the early 1900's.
ELLEN HAF  8/4/2005
Famous bearers: Actresses Ellen Degeneres and Ellen Burstyn.
― Anonymous User  8/17/2005
Ellen G. White was the most prolific female writer of all time! She wrote information on numerous subjects that were centuries ahead of her time. One of her most famous works that baffle modern scientist is the book, "Counsels on Diet and Foods". She also wrote a prophetic classic entitled, "The Great Controversy".
RyanLanceJeffery  10/16/2005
My second name is Ellen, it is also our family name, for each generation on my Dad's side there has always been an Ellen in either first or second names for as far as we can trace back.
Ebba  2/2/2006
Not so famous, Ellen Lister is Emma Watson's stunt double in GOF.
Jeana Bradbury  3/10/2006
'Ellen' is also an Anglo-Saxon word meaning 'courage'. I'm an Ellen, and I always liked that meaning.
ellenscult  5/12/2006
A famous bearer is Ellen Foley, an American rock singer of the late 1970s who sang the duet with Meat Loaf "Paradise by the Dashboard Light". Ellen has also worked on Broadway.
audreyhubley  8/5/2006
Ellen Pompeo stars as Meredith Grey in "Grey's Anatomy."
MusicRat  8/10/2006
My name is Ellen. I love it, I think it is pretty but simple and fits my personality. It is also short enough not to evoke nicknames. I also pefer it not capitalized and I like the spelling with a 'Y': "Ellyn", though I will stick with the spelling I've got.
ellen2321  8/16/2006
Ellen Dubin is an actress who had roles in Lexx, First Wave and The Collecter.
chameleon  12/7/2006
It's a Danish form of Helena. It's also used in Scandinavia (I'm Scandinavian, and my name is Ellen).
someone1  1/6/2007
Ellen must be a pretty good name. No one put any negative comments on the comment page about it. It seems like a very admired name.
jmd27  1/20/2007
The assistant Secretary of state is an Ellen. It's my name too and I love it, it is conventional enough so that people won't think "What were her parents on when they named her" but it isn't so commonplace. I have only met one other Ellen in my life.
nerder5000  2/14/2007
While nearly every naming book I've found says that Ellen comes from the Greek Helen, I have to question how they determine their source. I've used the spelling Elne for Ellen, online, since years before the internet was created, I found that 'Ellen' was Old English for 'elne' in the OED. I can't remember the extact meaning of 'elne' of the top of my head, but it was something like strength, courage and sometimes zeal in OE. I never found any other dictionary other then the OED, that list 'elne' as a word, as it is no longer in used, though it is Modern English.
or as known across the internet, Elne Clare.
ElneClare  3/19/2007
I think Ellen is a lovely name, pretty and unpretentious.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2007
Hurricane Ellen struck in 1973.
Rockos_Modern_Life_1  6/14/2007
It's my middle name. My mum's name is Helen so people often think that is my middle name. I have to tell them they're right minus the h!
chloeellen  6/25/2007
I love the name Ellen. It's so classic.
applemilk  8/17/2007
I've seen it pronounced El-in and A-leen.
― Anonymous User  9/21/2007
Ellen Page is an actress who stars in the movie "Juno".
pandasayscynical  12/23/2007
This is my first name. I used to really hate my name because I felt that only old people had it, but I've grown to love it. I think it looks better lowercase, and I often use 'elle' online or 'LN'.
eguo0124  2/9/2008
Countess Ellen Olanski, one of the main characters in "The Age of Innocence" bears this name.

Far less glamourus, but also portrayed by a lovely blonde: Ellen Griswold from the National Lampoon's Vacation movies.
Natima  3/26/2008
It's very pretty as a middle name. I think it goes well with the first name Kimberly: Kimberly Ellen.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2008
A famous bearer is American actress Ellen Tyne Daly, better known as Tyne Daly (born February 21, 1946). She is well-known for her many television roles, including Mary Beth Lacey in 'Cagney and Lacey' from 1982 to 1988, Alice Henderson in 'Christy' from 1994 to 1995, and Maxine Gray in 'Judging Amy' from 1999 to 2005. In total, she's won 6 Emmy Awards for these roles, out of 14 nominations. She also won a Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical for her role as Mama Rose in the 1989 revival of 'Gypsy,' the second actress to win a Tony for the role. She received an additional nomination in 2006 for a supporting role in 'Rabbit Hole.'
AndrewJKD  4/7/2008
Ellen McLain is an actress and operatic soprano who has done extensive voicework for the Valve game corporation. She won an AIAS Interactive Achievement Award for Outstanding Achievement in Character Performance for her portrayal of GLaDOS, the AI antagonist from the darkly humorous puzzle game "Portal".
C-Rowles  4/28/2008
I find it very boring, but at least it's not tacky, trashy, or ditzy in sound. It's got a pleasant sound and all, but it's very dull.
slight night shiver  5/23/2008
Ellen Hopkins, the author of Crank and Glass, among many other amazing novels.
heartagram666  6/26/2008
I think Ellen is very classic and feminine without being too ornate or boring. Love it!
cookieavalanche  8/20/2008
The actress Ellen Muth played the character "Georgia Lass" in the Showtime show titled "Dead Like Me."

I like this name. I think it is simple, yet elegant. One could use the nickname "Ellie" if one so desired. I find the nickname "Ellie" to be very cute and tasteful.
Coffeebean  10/1/2008
Another famous bearer is the English sailor Dame Ellen McArthur.
― Anonymous User  12/8/2008
Ellen Greene (born February 22, 1951) is an American singer and actress. She has appeared in film, television, theater, and cabaret. Among her best known roles including originating the role of Audrey in the stage version of "Little Shop of Horrors" off-Broadway in 1982 and the subsequent 1986 film adaptation. She also appeared in a Broadway productions of "The Threepenny Opera".
AndrewJKD  12/8/2008
Quite a few celebrities have this name. Comedian Ellen DeGeneres and actresses Ellen Barkin, Ellen Burstyn, Ellen Muth, Ellen Page and Ellen Pompeo from Grey's Anatomy.
Coffeebean  6/10/2009
Ellen Willmott (1858 - 1934) was a famous bearer of this name; she was a famous gardener and women's rights activist of the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. In effect, she paved the way for women in the horticultural workplace. :)
walesgal92  12/6/2009
This is my name and I think it's a great name. It kind of sounds like ln, the abbreviation for natural log. I'm surprised to see that it's been falling so much in popularity; it's a solid name.

My favorite nickname for this name is Nelle because it's Ellen backwards, and Elle and Ellie seem too insubstantial.
leylaellen  12/23/2009
The only problem with Ellen is that it sounds like you're saying Helen but with a really English cockney accent.
starz26  4/5/2010
A little on the dull side, but it's still a nice name.
Black_X  5/11/2010
Ellen Naomi Cohen was better known as "Mama" Cass Elliot.
alicehartley4884  7/17/2010
It's nice and simple. It's my grandmother's middle name.
Chrila96  11/19/2010
This name is simple, pretty, and fun. To add to its spunk, it's bourne by actress Ellen Page and the spectacular Ellen DeGeneres, and it's packaged with the adorable nickname Nell/y.
DaphneSusan  2/1/2011
This was my great grandmother's middle name that she went by. I always wanted to name my daughter this but because of my last name being Page I can't. I hate when people give their kids celebrity names.
rccp12  3/14/2011
This name is nicer than Helen, in my opinion. Ellen is not so cold and standoffish.
― Anonymous User  6/20/2011
Ellen is a character in Ken Follett's "Pillars of the Earth". She is a strong and rebellious woman, mysterious to most, but a loving mother and wife.
MortParChocolat  10/3/2011
So beautiful.
― Anonymous User  10/26/2011
Ellen Ripley is the name of the protagonist from the Alien horror franchise.

I now think of Ellen as the name of a strong, tough woman who keeps a clear head in difficult situations.
Mythology1  8/2/2014
Ellen Raskin (1928-1984) is the author of The Westing Game.
hkols  9/30/2014
The only problem I have with this name is that a little girl with the name Ellen just seems really weird. I like it as an adult name though.
lilpimpteller  1/25/2015
I don't really get the appeal of Ellen. I much prefer the name Helen. I feel like the name Ellen lacks something. What I mean by it lacking something is that I mean I just find this name a little a bit too plain. I don't hate this name or anything, though. Ellen is way better than a lot of the modern, butchered names people are using these days.
― Anonymous User  3/21/2015
This is my little cousin's name. She was named Ellen for her grandma who died right before she was born. I've always called her Ellie. Until recently I didn't like it but I love it now.
― Anonymous User  8/3/2015
Hate it, it sounds dated.
― Anonymous User  11/15/2015
The name is also used in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and Germany.
jegharenbumsipanden  3/22/2016
Ellen is the mother in Disney Channel's show, Dog With A Blog.
KittenMeow  4/1/2016
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, 24th and current president of Liberia.
EliEsco  1/28/2017
I love the way it sounds, it seems elegant and mysterious. I prefer it to Helen. It has also a beautiful meaning. The nicknames for it like Elly are really cute.
SilverSatan  2/2/2018
Ellen West is the name of Rose West's older sister in Rainbow Valley. She eventually marries Norman Douglas.
Kitandkat  3/24/2018

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