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I picture an "Ellis" as an energetic little boy who gets himself into things!
rubberduckiiz2  1/4/2006
I have also seen the name Ellison and it was used for both boys and girls.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
I have seen this name for a girl and love it that way!
nelirosala  6/25/2006
Ellis Bell was the male pseudonym of Emily Bronte.
lucysnowe  8/17/2006
I LOVE it on a girl (even though I know that basically it's a boy's name).
― Anonymous User  11/12/2006
I quite like this name for a girl. Not sure why. Maybe because I love Ella? But then, I love Elijah for a boy. Oh well. Ellis is a nice name anyway.
Belle  3/19/2007
Ellis Island is the point in New York that many immigrants passed through in order to become United States citizens.
"Give us your tired, your poor."

I love this connection to a place that was, for so many, a place significant of their hope in a new country of freedom where "the streets are paved with gold".
VictoriaCalledTori  7/11/2007
Could also be used as a form for "LS".
earthnut  7/28/2007
I actually do like this name, even if it does sound a little, er, pompous. In fact, this is what my like of it stems from. It is always good to see a strong proper name.
Surreal  10/18/2007
I LOVE this name! Oh and by the way, it’s NOT a girl’s name!
littlescarlett  11/11/2007
Yeah, I think Ellis should stick with the boys.
jasmineenimsaj  3/3/2008
This is like a masculine form of Alice or Elise. Same with Ellison and Alison.
Hushpuppy  10/19/2008
I love this name. It's a lovely sounding name, and I believe I've only met one person with this name, my boyfriend. I like names that aren't as common as others, which is probably why I like this one.
― Anonymous User  1/8/2009
Ellis was the name of John McClane's wife's co-worker in the movie "Die Hard".
erb816  1/10/2010
Ellis de Vries, the assumed name of Jewish member of the Dutch resistance Rachel Stein in the 2006 WWII film Black Book (Zwartboek). Played by Dutch actress Carice van Houten.
― Anonymous User  1/14/2010
I have met a girl called Ellis but I prefer it on a boy. It sounds like a really clever sensible boy to me.
CattyLoony  4/9/2010
Ellis is the name of one of the two (female) main characters in the anime series El Cazador de la Bruja.
missmarlenesinclair  5/7/2010
As the other user mentioned, this name primarily reminds me of Ellis Island. But for me, that's more a negative association. It reminds me of discrimination, and callousness, and racial quotas. =( So when I first saw it, I was like, "what a terrible name!"

But then I read the other comments here, and yes, it is a very nice-sounding name. I'd like it a lot, if it weren't for Ellis Island. As it is, though, it's still a good-ish name for a kid, either boy or girl.
Diest  2/7/2011
Oddly enough, I am rather fond of the name "Ellis." The association with Ellis Island is not necessarily a bad one... the large majority of my family came through there for a better life, leaving Italy behind. A previous poster mentioned racial stereotypes and hardships of Ellis Island... You could think of that, or perhaps of the happiness, joy, and hope of the men and women who traveled to the "streets paved in gold"? It was a start of a new life, but the beginning of a journey. The descendants, family, friends, strangers, even myself... we are living proof that you can overcome anything. That is what I associate "Ellis" with.
Francesca  5/9/2011
Ellis Lankster, an American football player.
― Anonymous User  12/11/2011
My son's name is Ellis and it fits him perfectly. He's the only Ellis at his school and he likes that his name is slightly unique. His biggest complaint is that some people assume it's "Alice" when they first hear it, but a quick correction settles it. We call him Elly for short.
eyelet  5/18/2012
My name is Ellis and I am female I would just like to notify that this name is not just masculine it is a unisex name. But what I like about my name is the fact that it is considered unique for a first name however common for a second name.
Smallersocksx  1/6/2014
Handyman and his wife named their boy this. My first reaction was "That's a girl's name!" But it's either. It's cute. And Little Ellis looks like he will rock it!
― Anonymous User  2/8/2015
I love the name Ellis! It's my sisters name:)
― Anonymous User  3/21/2015
I know a boy called Ellis, and a while ago he entered and won a competition, but didn't have to specify his gender when signing up. A person announced the winners, and thought Ellis was a girl when announcing his name. He looked surprised to see a boy walk up!

Other than that little anecdote, I think it's quite a nice name for a boy.
IsolationHedge  4/28/2015
Emily Bronte, sister of Anne and Charlotte Bronte, author of Wuthering Heights, went by Ellis Bell as her pen name because as a woman she could not publish her work. For girls Elise is a better name though.
uh_so_cutee_cute  4/26/2016
Nice, except what nicknames?
Ellie, Elsie, Lissy, Elle, the only ones I could find are feminine. A male could just be called Ellis, those are ultra-feminine. Ellis is a good name for a boy, Elise or Alice that sound the same are better for girls. Ellis is good by itself. It sounds like Elise or Alice, as an above user pointed out. That (or Emily Bronte's pen name) may have motivated feminine usage. It is a wonderful masculine name, overall.
Eileen1209864  5/5/2016
This is an old family name in my family. My great grandfather, father and brother all carried it as a middle name.
lmsjfs  6/19/2016
Before Ellis ever became a surname, it was simply a medieval English form of Elias. From it we also get Ellice, Eliott, Elliot, Elliott, Elicot, Ellicot, Ellisot, Elisot(a) etc. These last few forms were also feminine.
― Anonymous User  11/22/2016
I strongly recommend Ellis for a girl. Most people have Ellis as a girl name. Ellis just sounds weird for a boy. Even though I have a friend named Joey that is a girl. Anyways, my name is actually Ellis and I am a girl, so there!
335694477  12/28/2016
Ellis is my father's first name, my middle name, and if the baby my wife is carrying turns out to be a boy, it will be his middle name also.
Larry35  1/23/2017
The name Ellis was given to 334 girls born in the US in 2016.
96 percent of people with the first name Ellis are male.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2017
Ellis Albert "Al" Swearengen was an American pimp and entertainment entrepreneur who ran the Gem Theater, a notorious brothel, in Deadwood, South Dakota for 22 years during the late 19th century.
lilolaf  7/31/2017
Actually, I can picture this equally well on a girl or boy.
cdawg  3/26/2018

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