Dictionary of Medieval Names
from European Sources

Ellen f. Greek Ἑλένη. The ultimate root of this name is uncertain, and the first attestation of the name in Greek is in Homer's Iliad.

The name of a 4th C Roman saint and empress consort, a 4th C Welsh saint, an 11th C Swedish queen consort, and a 12th C Swedish saint.

The popularity of the French form Elaine was influenced by various characters of this name appearing in medieval Arthurian romances.

The English form Elyn is witnessed in 1379 in the relational byname Elyndoghter (WRYPT1 p. 166).

Belgium
Dutch
1597x1598 Helena BoonenGes p. 334
1597x1598 Nellecken BoonenGes p. 349, Nelleken ibid. p. 362
Czech Republic
Latin
1358 Helena (dat) chlumecky 226, p. 31
Denmark
Danish
1581 Elline KD-1 no. 362
England
Latin
1189 Elene (gen) GASurv p. 122; 1296 Elena (nom) RCS-1 p. 96a; 1340xc1450 Elena (nom) CovGuild-1 p. 6, Elene (nom) ibid. p. 96, Helena (nom) ibid. p. 4; 1377 Elene (gen) FenPT-2 p. 4, Helena (nom) ibid. p. 4; 1379 Elena (nom) WRYPT1 p. 2, Helena (nom) ibid. p. 2; 1381 Elayn (nom) FenPT-2 p. 8, Elen (nom) Suffolk1381 p. 84, Elena (nom) FenPT-2 p. 6, Suffolk1381 p. 71, Elyna (nom) ibid. p. 114, Helena (nom) ibid. p. 114; 1408 Elena (nom) GCCYork p.11; 1485–1486 Elena (abl) CovGuild-2 p. 57; 1554 Helena (nom) StMartF p. 58; 1557 Helena (nom) ibid. p. 59; 1558/9 Elena (nom) Chst-1 p. 10; 1559 Helena (nom) StMartF p. 60, Helina (nom) Reg-KirkElla p. 1; 1561 Helyna (nom) StMartF p. 60; 1562 Elena (nom) Chst-1 p. 10; 1563 Elena (nom) ibid. p. 11
Middle English
1418 Elene EEW p. 44; 1420 Elyn ibid. p. 53; 1429 Ellen WillsInv LV
Early Modern English
1530 Helen LIWill-III p. 20, Helene ibid. p. 5; 1530/31 Helene ibid. p. 92; 1530 Hellyn ibid. p. 51; 1532–1533 Elyne CovGuild-2 p. 97; 1539 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 2, Ellyn WAmar-1 p. 107, Elyn BarnstapleBap p. 1; 1540 Ellen StAnthonlin p. 2, Elyn BarnstapleBap p. 2; 1541 Ellen StAnthonlin p. 2; 1542 Elyn BarnstapleBap p. 2; 1543 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 2; 1544 Elyng BarnstapleBap p. 4, Helen DEmar-vol1 p. 78; 1546 Elyn BarnstapleBap p. 5; 1547 Elen ExMar 1b, Elyn WillsInv XCIV, Helen DEmar-vol1 p. 79; 1548 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 3; 1549 Ellen ibid. p. 3; 1552 Ellen StAnthonlin p. 9, Elyn BarnstapleBap p. 7, Helen DEmar-vol1 p. 80; 1553/4 Elen ExMar 2a; 1553 Helen DEmar-vol1 p. 80; 1555 Eline bruton-vol1 p. 2; 1557 Elin BarnstapleBap p. 10, Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 6; 1558 Elen RegSASel p. 2, Ellen StAnthonlin p. 12, Helin bruton-vol1 p. 3; 1558–9 Ellen StMary-Ke p. 2; 1559 Ellen SOmar-vol9 p. 2, Ellin CAmar-vol1 p. 1, Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 2, DEmar-vol1 p. 80, StMaryA p. 3, bruton-vol1 p. 3, Helin ibid. p. 3, Helina HAmar-vol9 p. 2, Hellen DU-DSMMar; 1560/1 Elen RegSASel p. 7; 1560 Ellen BUmar-vol9 p. 147, StAnthonlin p. 13, Ellyn BUmar-vol2 p. 115, Helen SaxhamSf p. 56; 1561 Elyn BarnstapleBap p. 11, Helen StMaryA p. 3; 1562 Elena BUmar-vol2 p. 60, Ellen BEmar-vol2 p. 53; 1563 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 7; 1563/4 Ellen ibid. p. 7; 1563 Ellen BEmar-vol2 p. 54; 1564 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 7, BEmar-vol2 p. 54, Helen Redruth-Co p. 6; 1565 Ellen StAnthonlin p. 17, Helen SaxhamSf p. 2, StMaryA p. 4, Helyn BEmar-vol2 p. 128; 1567 Elyn ibid. p. 2, Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 4; 1568/9 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 8; 1568 Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 4, Hellin CAmar-vol1 p. 2; 1569 Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 4, Helena SaxhamSf p. 39; 1570 Ellen StAnthonlin p. 21, Helena SaxhamSf p. 2; 1571 Hellin CAmar-vol1 p. 2; 1572 Ellen StAnthonlin p. 22, Ellin CAmar-vol1 p. 2, Ellyn BEmar-vol2 p. 129, WAmar-1 p. 97, Elyn BEmar-vol2 p. 129, Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 5, Helene SaxhamSf p. 2; 1573 Elen COmar-vol5 p. 4, Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 9; 1573/4 Ellen ibid. p. 9; 1573 Ellen StAnthonlin p. 22; 1574 Helen bruton-vol1 p. 41; 1575 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 9, BUmar-vol1 p. 26; 1576 Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 5; 1577 Elen COmar-vol5 p. 5, Hellen StAnthonlin p. 25; 1578 Ellen BUmar-vol1 p. 26, Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 6, DEmar-vol1 p. 83; 1579 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 10; 1580/81 Elline RegBisham p. 4; 1580 Helena BUmar-vol2 p. 63, Helene SaxhamSf p. 56; 1581 Ellen BUmar-vol2 p. 117, StAnthonlin p. 28, Hellin CAmar-vol1 p. 3; 1582 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 11, BEmar-vol2 p. 96, StAnthonlin p. 29; 1583 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 11, BUmar-vol9 p. 148, OrpingtonKe p. 6, Ellyn BEmar-vol2 p. 130, Hellin CAmar-vol1 p. 129, Hellyn BUmar-vol2 p. 117; 1584 Ellen WAmar-1 p. 132, Helena BUmar-vol2 p. 64; 1585 Elen COmar-vol5 p. 7, Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 7, DEmar-vol1 p. 85; 1586 Elen BEmar-vol2 p. 69, Ellen COmar-vol2 p. 123, Elling Bar-in-El p. 16, Helline ibid. p. 16; 1587 Elline ibid. p. 27; 1588 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 13, BEmar-vol2 p. 69, Helen DEmar-vol1 p. 85, Helena BUmar-vol2 p. 64, Hellin CAmar-vol1 p. 4, Helline Bar-in-El p. 26; 1589 Elan COmar-vol5 p. 128, Elen BEmar-vol2 p. 130, Eline BUmar-vol2 p. 117, Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 13; 1589/90 Ellen ibid. p. 13, BEmar-vol2 p. 54; 1589 Ellen StAnthonlin p. 34; 1590 Hele DEmar-vol2 p. 20, Hellin CAmar-vol1 p. 130; 1591 Elyne BEmar-vol2 p. 3; 1592 Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 15; 1592/3 Ellen ibid. p. 15; 1592 Ellen StAnthonlin p. 35, Ellyn WAmar-1 p. 98, Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 8, DEmar-vol2 p. 25; 1593 Ellen StAnthonlin p. 36, Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 8, bruton-vol1 p. 10, Helena BUmar-vol2 p. 65; 1594 Ellen COmar-vol2 p. 123, Helen DEmar-vol1 p. 87, Hellin CAmar-vol1 p. 5; 1595 Ellen BUmar-vol1 p. 27, Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 9, Bar-in-El p. 31; 1596 Ellen DEmar-vol2 p. 34, Ellin HAmar-vol9 p. 93; 1597 Helen BUmar-vol9 p. 10; 1598 Elin BEmar-vol2 p. 31, Ellen BEmar-vol1 p. 17; 1599 Ellen BUmar-vol1 p. 27, DEmar-vol2 p. 41
1563 Elineta BUmar-vol2 p. 60
Finland
Early Modern Swedish
1548 Elin Audén1980 p. 167
France
Latin
958x92 Elena (nom) St-Bernard-Romans no. 87
Middle French
1563 Hélène RegPCC-1 p. 25; 1565 Elène ibid. p. 125, Helaine ibid. p. 166; 1566 Hélaine ibid. p. 259; 1567 Elayne ibid. p. 340; 1571 Helayne ibid. p. 452, Hélayne ibid. p. 447
Germany
Early New High German
1408 Lena (nom) UrkJen2 15; 1410 Helenen (nom) ibid. 20; 1497 Helena Nurn1497 449, Helenan ibid. 2596
Italy
Latin
1010 Leni skinner p. 113; 1366 Helenam (acc) Livi 34
1366 Lenam (acc) Livi 38
Scotland
Scots
1488 Elena PGB; 1542 Elena ibid.; 1565 Elena ibid.; 1566 Elena ibid.; 1586 Helen ibid.; 1590 Helen ibid.; 1596 Helen ibid.; 1597 Helen ibid.
Spain
Catalan
1510 Elena valencia1510 3700
Spanish
1575 Elena Catalogo-5.2 3858; 1576 Elena ibid. 3954
Sweden
Latin
1340 Helene (gen) SDHK 4551; 1350 Elene (gen) ibid. no. 6020, Eliane (gen) ibid. no. 6030, Ælynæ (gen) ibid. no. 6015
Old Swedish
1377 Elin (nom) SDHK no. 10938; 1383 Ælina SRA-vol2 no. 1917, Ælinas (gen) ibid. no. 1917
Ukraine
Latin
1469 Helenam (acc) AGZ-18 16; 1479 Elena (nom) ibid. CVIII-1309
Wales
Latin
1581 Elena (nom) RegCon1 p. 36
Welsh
1543 Eline RegCon1 p. 4, Elyn ibid. p. 4; 1583 Elen ibid. p. 40; 1589 Elen ibid. p. 56
Cite as: R. Le Get, N. Shiel, J. Uckelman, S.L. Uckelman. "Ellen". In S.L. Uckelman, ed. The Dictionary of Medieval Names from European Sources, Edition 2017, no. 1. http://dmnes.org/2017/1/name/Ellen.