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Other Forms FormsEllan, Elin, Ellean, Ellin, Elline, Ellyn, Ellyne
Archaic Irish form of HELEN
(via the archaic Gaelic spelling OILEN
One of the daughters of Dôn
, a type of mother goddess and the Welsh equivalent of Irish Danu
, in Welsh mythology.
Her name is likely derived from Proto-Celtic *elan(t)-
"doe; hind" (which would make Elan a cognate of ELAIN
As a given name, it has been recorded in Wales from the 19th century onwards.