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Ellen Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English female personal name Elen Elin Helen (Old French Helene from Latin Helena Greek Helenē related to helanē ‘torch’ and helē ‘brightness of the sun’). The popularity of this as a personal name is due largely to Saint Helena mother of the Emperor Constantine who was influential as a Christian proselytizer in Byzantium. Medieval English legend asserted almost certainly wrongly that she was of British origin. English (of Norman origin): variant of Hellen . English: topographic name for someone who lived by or among elder-trees from Middle English ellen (Old English elle(r)n). Dutch and North German: patronymic from the personal name El(le) probably a shortened form of an ancient Germanic name with the element adal ‘noble’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Elsen, Allen, Hillen, Hellen, Eller, Ellena, Elbe, Elton, Sellen

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Where is the Ellen family from?

You can see how Ellen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ellen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ellen families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Ellen families living in North Carolina. This was about 39% of all the recorded Ellen's in USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Ellen families in 1840.
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What did your Ellen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ellen. 18% of Ellen men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Ellen women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ellen were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Ellen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Ellen. For the veterans among your Ellen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ellen lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Ellen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ellen in 1963 was 72, and 90 in 2004.

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