Ellison comes from a patrynomic surname meaning “son of Ellis”, Ellis being a medieval form of Elijah, a Hebrew male name meaning “my God is Yahweh”. Ellison may also be a variant form of Elisedd, a Welsh male given name meaning “kind, benevolent” from Welsh elus. Ellison seems to be very popular as a girl’s name.
Origin: Hebrew, Welsh
- Ellis (English)
- Elisedd (Welsh)
Esmeralda is the Spanish and Portuguese word for “emerald”, also used as a given name. It comes from Old French esmeraude via Vulgar Latin (which is the common speech of Latin including different dialects) esmeralda, esmeraldus which comes from Ancient Greek smaragdos meaning “green gem”. That itself could come from a Semitic source such as Hebrew baraket or bareqeth meaning “emerald, shine” or Arabic barq “lightning”.
Origin: Hebrew, Arabic
- Esmeraude (Old French)
- Emeraude (French)
- Émeraude (French)
- Emerald (English)
Erin is the Anglicized form of Éireann (from which the name of Ireland comes from) derived from Gaelic Éire which comes from Old Irish Ériu meaning “fertile” or “fat, rich” likely in reference to the land, so connoting the idea of “abundant land” or “fat land”, from Proto-Celtic *Φīwerjon, derived from Proto-Indo-European *piHwerjon from *piHwer meaning “fat”.
Though Erin seems to be very popular for girls, it has been used as a boy’s name as well, making it a unisex name.
- Eryn (English)
- Eireann (Irish, English)
- Éireann (Irish)
- Ériu (Irish)
- Arin (English)
Eliot comes from an English surname, originally used as a medieval pet-form of Elias, a cognate of Elijah, a Hebrew male name meaning “my God is Yahweh” or “Yahweh is my God”.
However, Elliott as a surname might come from an entirely different source: it could be derived from a Middle English male personal name, Athelgeat, meaning “noble Geat”, composed from Middle English athel (noble) and Geat, the name of a North Germanic tribe in southern Sweden. It might also be from Athelgyth, a Middle English female name meaning “noble battle” from Middle English athel (noble) and gyð (war, battle), or from Aelfweald meaning “elf ruler”. It might also be an Anglicized form of Gaelic eileach meaning “dam, mound, bank”.
I listed Eliot as a unisex name- some people might disagree with that and argue it’s a boy’s name and I’m not going to argue against that. But as a fan of the tv show Scrubs, I guess I’ve been able to see it as both.
Origin: Hebrew, Middle English
- Elliott (English)
- Elliot (English)
- Eliott (English)
- Elyot (English)
Etain is the Anglicized form of Étaín, an Irish female name. It seems likely it derives from Old Irish ét meaning “jealousy, passion, zeal”. In Irish mythology, Étaín is the lover of Midir, the son of the Dagda, but she was turned into a water, a worm, and a butterfly (or a fly in some versions) by his jealous wife Fuamnach. Étaín has also been associated as being a sun and horse goddess.
It can be pronounced as e-tane or ay-teen (I prefer the former).
- Étaín (Irish)
- Etaoin (Modern Irish)
- Éadaoin (Modern Irish)
- Édaín (Irish)
- Eadan (Modern Irish)
- Edana (Latin)
- Aideen (English, Irish)
Echo comes from Greek ekhe meaning “sound”. This was the name of a nymph in Greek mythology who loved talking and often used her loquaciousness to distract Hera when Zeus was off on one of his affairs. When Hera found out, she cursed Echo so that she could only repeat the last thing someone else said. Echo also fell in love with the youth Narcissus but because she couldn’t speak to him, he spurned her advances and she wasted away to nothing because of her unrequited love.
Echo is also a word in English derived from the same source above, used to refer to a sound made by an echo, which is why I decided to list it as a unisex name.
Evelyn comes from an English surname, derived from given name Aveline, the Norman French form of Germanic name Avelina, a diminutive of Avila from Germanic element avi of unknown meaning though possibly meaning “desired”.
Evelyn was a very popular name for boys in the past though it is now currently more popular for girls.
Nicknames: Eve, Evie, Lyn, Lynnie
Origin: Ancient Germanic
- Evaline (English)
- Evalyn (English)
- Eveline (English, French, Dutch)
- Eveleen (English)
- Aveline (English)
- Evelina (English, Italian, Swedish)
- Avila (Ancient Germanic)
Meaning: Emma comes from Germanic element ermen meaning “whole” or “universal”, originally used as a short form of names that began with it.
Em is an obvious nickname for Emma, but it’s such a short name to begin with Emma doesn’t really need any nicknames.
- Emmalyn (a combination of Emma with the lyn suffix)
- Ema (Spanish, Portuguese, Slovene, Czech, Slovak, Croatian)
- Ima (Dutch, Ancient Germanic)
- Irma (German, English, Dutch, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Georgian, Lithuanian, Hungarian, Ancient Germanic)
- Erma (English)
- Emmy (English)
- Emmie (English)
- Emmott/Emmot (a medieval diminutive of Emma)
- Emmett (the masculine form of Emma)
Meaning: Elena is a cognate of Helen, the English form of Helene, a name of uncertain etymology though it could be related to Greek helene meaning “torch” or “corposant”, though it might also be linked to selene meaning “moon”.
Elena is also a variant transcription of Yelena, which is the Russian form of Helen.
- Elene (Georgian)
- Helen (Greek, English, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
- Helena (German, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Icelandic, Portuguese, Polish, Czech, Slovak, Finnish, Estonian, Slovene, Croatian, English)
- Helene (English, German, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
- Elin (Scandinavian, Welsh, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish)
- Elina (Finnish, Swedish)
- Ileana (Romanian, Spanish, Italian)
- Yelena (Russian)
- Eleni (Modern Greek)
- Elaine (Old French form of Helen)
Meaning: Eloisa is the Latinate form of Eloise, the English form of Old French Héloïse which comes from Helewise, the medieval English form of Germanic name Helewidis meaning “healthy, wide” from Germanic elements heil (hale, healthy) and wid (wide).
- Eloise (English)
- Héloïse (French)
- Heloise (French, English)
- Helewise (Medieval English)
- Helewidis (Ancient Germanic)
- Éloise (French)
- Eloísa (Spanish)
- Éloïse (French)