Elphinstone Surname Origin
Locality. From the lands and barony of Elphinstone, in Scotland, and derived from the Anglo-Saxon Elfenne, a fairy or spirit, and stone. These elfenne or elf-stones are a peculiar hard flint, and in the olden times were supposed to be shot by the fairies or elfs. The place is so named from this kind of stone being found on the land.
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.
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