ELLIS: A variation of Elias. Relatives: Ellison, Elias, Elisha. Namesakes: Ellis Burks, Ellis Rabb, Ralph Ellison.
ELMER: From the Old English for "famous nobleman." Relatives: Elmo, Elman, Elmore. Namesakes: Elmore Leonard, Saint Elmo, "Elmer Fudd."
ELSPETH: Scottish form of Elizabeth. A touch rarefied, but a nice alternative. Relatives: Elsbeth, Elsbet, Elspet. Namesake: Elspeth Huxley.
ELTON: Old English for "Ella's town." Relatives: Elten, Elroy. Namesake: Elton John.
ELVIRA: Spanish variation of German for "close." The name of Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit and a song by the Oak Ridge Boys. Relatives: Elvyra, Elvera, Elvie, Elva, Elvina. Namesake: Elvira Madigan.
ELVIS: Anglo-Saxon for "noble friend" and rock 'n' roll for "king." Nobody else even comes close. Relatives: Elvin, Elva, Elwin, Elwyn. Namesakes: Elvis Presley, Elvin Hayes.
EMANUEL: Hebrew for "God is with us." Relatives: Emmanuel, Emmanuella, Immanuel, Imanuel, Manuel, Manuella, Manny. Namesakes: Emanuel Lewis, Emmanuel Philbert, Manny Mota.
EMILINE: Old German for "labor." Sweet and old-fashioned; more popular overseas than in the United States. Relatives: Emmeline, Emaline, Emmaline, Emyln, Emelyn, Emylin, Emiline, Emmiline, Emmilyne.
EMERSON: Old English for "Emery's son." Classy. Relatives: Emersen, Emmerson, Emmyrson, Emyrson. Namesakes: Emerson Boozer, Ralph Waldo Emerson.
EMERY: German for "powerful home." Relatives: Emory, Emmery, Emmory. Namesake: Emory College.
EMILY: From the Latin for "eager." A traditional name with a lovely musical sound. Relatives: Emilie, Emmilie, Emmily, Emil, Em, Emilia, Emilio, Emile, Emaline, Emeline, Emmaline. Namesakes: Emily Dickinson, Emilio Estevez.