'Black-ish' star Tracee Ellis Ross uses it as her middle name but Ellis works just as well as a first name for a boy or girl. It means “kind, benevolent”—two traits any parent would be happy to hear describing their child. The name dates back to the time of the Crusades, but it has even more historical significance for Americans: Ellis Island was the entrance point for 12 million immigrants coming to the US from 1892 to 1954.
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