Ellen

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Origin: English, Greek, Dutch

Meaning: a medieval form of Helen, probably derived from Greek ‘ελενη (helene) meaning “torch” or “corposant” or possibly related to Greek σεληνη (selene) meaning “moon”.

Ellen is also a short form of Dutch Eleonora, a cognate of Eleanor meaning “the other Aenor”.

Variants: Helen, Helene, Helena, Hellen, Elena, Eleni, Elene

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