Ellis Surname Origin
Contracted from Elias.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
2) Ellis (or Elis) comes from the Latin meaning "of Ely". Ely is a marshy area, in Cambridgeshire, the main city being Ely itself. There is a very famous cathedral in Ely. Up to about 400 AD, Latin was an important language in England. When the Saxons, Jutes, Angles and others, invaded England, the Ellis's were pushed across England, finally ending up in Scotland (where many became Elliot or Eliot) and Wales, where there are today many people with the name of Ellis.
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