Ely Surname Origin
Locality. From Ely, a city in Cambridgeshire, England, and signifies the place of willows, from Helig, Cornish British and Welsh; Latin, Salix. Greek Ealig, an island; land in waterland. Greek, a marsh.
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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