Ellen

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Medieval English variant of Helen, from Ancient Greek Ἑλένη (Helenē); also used as a variant of Eleanor.

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Ellen

  1. A female given name.
    • c. 1598, William Shakespeare, Henry IV, Part 2: Act III, Scene IV:
      And how doth my cousin, your bedfellow? and your fairest daughter and mine, my god-daughter Ellen?
    • 1928 Agatha Christie: The Mystery of the Blue Train
      "Is her name Ellen or Helen, Miss Viner? I thought - "
      Miss Viner closed her eyes.
      "I can sound my h's, dear, as well as anyone, but Helen is not a suitable name for a servant. I don't know what the mothers in the lower classes are coming to nowadays."

Danish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Ellen

  1. A female given name, a Danish variant of Helene (Helen).

References[edit]

  • [1] Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 49 325 females with the given name Ellen have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 1910s. Accessed on 19 May 2011.

Estonian[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Ellen

  1. A female given name, variant of Helena (Helen).

Finnish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English and Danish Ellen.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈelːen]
  • Hyphenation: El‧len

Proper noun[edit]

Ellen

  1. A female given name.

Declension[edit]


German[edit]

Noun[edit]

Ellen

  1. plural form of Elle

Proper noun[edit]

Ellen

  1. A female given name of English and Danish origin.

Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Danish and Norwegian variant of Helene. Later also borrowed from English Ellen.

Proper noun[edit]

Ellen

  1. A female given name.

Related terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, ISBN 82-521-4483-7
  • [2] Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 13 663 females with the given name Ellen living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 1950s. Accessed on April 18th, 2011.

Swedish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Ellen

  1. A female given name of English and Danish origin.