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Originally a variant of Helen, although now no longer associated with that name. Initial H- tended to be added and dropped rather capriciously, leading to many doublets (compare for example Esther and Hester). It is also sometimes used as a short form of Eleanor, to which, however, it is unrelated.
252nd in the U.S.

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Hundreds of thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
313,898
to be exact
Massachusetts
has the most people named Ellen per capita
1911
marked the height of its popularity
99.98%
0.02%
55%
55+
32%
30-54
8%
13-29
6%
0-12

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