Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Ellie

The name Ellie is traditionally the pet form of the female name Eleanor; however, it can and has been used as a nickname for any girl’s name starting with the “El” element, e.g., Elizabeth, Ellen, Eloise, Elaine, Elle, etc. Ellie has been used as an independent given name for over a century, but its popularity as a stand-along name has really surged in this century. Unless the name is tied to a specific longer form, then there is essentially no etymological meaning of the name. However, several “El” names (such as Eleanor) are derived from the Germanic word “ali” which means ‘other, foreign’ so that’s probably the best meaning we can give to the name Ellie.

All About the Baby Name – Ellie

Personality

OF THE GIRL NAME ELLIE

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Popularity

OF THE GIRL NAME ELLIE

Ellie is a name that was on the U.S. popularity charts at the turn of the 20th century, but only of moderate use. In 1930, the name basically disappears from the charts for over 60 years. The name emerges from hibernation in 1992 and takes about 20 years to climb a whopping 900 spots on the popularity charts. Ellie is almost on the Top 100 list of most favored girl’s names, and we bet it’s just a matter of time before this happens. Ellie has been mirroring the same trends that other 100-year-old girl’s names have been experiencing in the past couple of decades – a triumphant return! Since Ellie started out as a pet form, the name is sweet and unpretentious. It’s not as popular as Ella, but it’s higher ranked than Elle. Maybe a perfect compromise between the two. We would still recommend that parents consider giving the child a longer name (such as Eleanor, Eloise or even Isabelle) where Ellie still works as a nickname. That gives the girl a chance to lengthen her name in adulthood should she seek something slightly more sophisticated. All around, though, Ellie is a darling choice.

Quick Facts

ON ELLIE

GENDER:

Girl

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

74

PRONUNCIATION:

EL-lee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Uncertain origin, perhaps Other, Foreign

Characteristics

OF ELLIE

Mystical

Wise

Eccentric

Intuitive

Imaginative

Philosophical

Solitary

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Ellie

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME ELLIE

Eleanor “Ellie” Arroway is the director of a project looking for signs of extraterrestrial life in the 1985 science fiction novel by Carl Sagan, also made into a film starring Jodie Foster in 1997. When signals are picked up, Ellie is one of five project members who travel into the depths of the Milky Way Galaxy to further investigate. Talk about bravery – this is one gutsy gal. She is also stubborn, opinionated and single-minded, not necessarily negative traits in that line of work. In addition to being open to the infinite possibilities offered by outer space, Eleanor Arroway is also flexible when it comes to exploring the intricacies of inner space, and a compelling focus of the novel and movie is that of the journey of the human mind toward acceptance of the biggest possibility of all – God.

We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Ellie

Popular Songs

ON ELLIE

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Famous People

NAMED ELLIE

We cannot find any celebrities of significantly famous people with the first name Ellie.
We cannot find any celebrities of significantly famous people with the first name Ellie.
We cannot find any celebrities of significantly famous people with the first name Ellie.

Children of Famous People

NAMED ELLIE

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME ELLIE

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