Ellis Surname Meaning & Statistics

1,446th most common

surname in the world


Approximately 370,558

people bear this surname


Most prevelant in:

United States

Highest density in:

Jamaica

Definition:

In the whole range of family nomenclature there is perhaps no name which admits of more variety of origin, or a greater number of differing forms. "Elies or Ellis in British," says Hals, in D. Gilbert's Cornwall, iii. 429, "is ason-inlaw by the wife, and Els or Ells, a son-inlaw by the husband.

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Ellis Surname Distribution

CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
United States208,1001: 1,539113
England51,3661: 1,05175
South Africa22,8481: 2,364282
Australia20,1481: 1,170101
Canada16,3951: 2,161212
Jamaica6,8711: 39666
Nigeria4,5851: 38,9355,172
Ghana4,4731: 6,046794
Wales4,2331: 73245
New Zealand3,5621: 1,276121
Scotland2,7631: 1,918286
Liberia2,7541: 1,597232
Brazil1,3041: 155,67910,477
Uganda1,1201: 31,5694,327
France1,0901: 60,5138,167
Panama1,0771: 3,162474
Ireland9501: 4,835743
Mexico8901: 134,5096,302
Kenya8631: 52,7766,252
Namibia8551: 2,471361
Northern Ireland8351: 2,156394
Spain7101: 65,5045,980
Guatemala6771: 23,3482,007
Netherlands6251: 26,9824,200
Trinidad and Tobago5581: 2,380403
Hong Kong5461: 13,223542
Malaysia5311: 56,9364,304
Costa Rica5201: 8,975496
Italy4931: 123,25020,679
Dominican Republic4691: 22,1291,528
The Bahamas4531: 776139
Israel4361: 18,8222,631
Barbados3951: 722166
Nicaragua3331: 18,231937
Chile3061: 58,0823,431
Venezuela3011: 100,3535,541
Belize2991: 1,170223
India2931: 4,259,45481,920
Colombia2801: 170,4505,451
Switzerland2611: 31,2684,547
Singapore2541: 21,2571,626
Guyana2531: 3,102577
Poland2391: 161,07124,102
Indonesia2371: 1,063,98640,942
Argentina2241: 190,48923,599
Greece2211: 50,3308,600
Russia2151: 679,38862,375
Uruguay2081: 15,8002,337
Suriname1861: 2,872524
Turkey1751: 438,10227,627
Belgium1711: 65,50910,721
Sweden1671: 58,0495,678
Austria1571: 54,3148,140
Norway1311: 39,1175,791
Guernsey1161: 54442
Puerto Rico1091: 33,1662,121
Zimbabwe1021: 128,05116,740
Peru1001: 308,14213,606
Denmark981: 57,5486,080
Bulgaria931: 77,9115,861
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines921: 1,185247
Saint Lucia871: 2,069361
Finland851: 64,2418,414
Ukraine851: 503,83457,005
Portugal831: 126,2395,540
Germany801: 1,008,95089,723
Croatia781: 55,0089,526
Malta621: 6,711401
Jersey611: 1,623190
United Arab Emirates581: 162,86217,578
Tanzania491: 916,91759,023
China471: 29,067,8721,039
Turks and Caicos Islands441: 715103
Cyprus431: 20,1372,337
United States Virgin Islands421: 2,533341
Isle of Man411: 2,098299
Cayman Islands371: 1,499173
Antigua and Barbuda331: 2,615383
Thailand321: 2,014,2723,300
Philippines311: 3,228,98745,702
Czech Republic281: 375,62141,454
Luxembourg261: 21,1422,645
British Virgin Islands201: 1,477214
Japan191: 6,689,4743,578
Belarus161: 591,82558,753
Grenada161: 6,458682
Saudi Arabia151: 1,999,61824,268
Gibraltar111: 2,727481
Kuwait111: 278,7147,081
Zambia101: 1,502,3322,433
Vietnam101: 8,970,8901,909
South Korea101: 5,042,396839
Afghanistan101: 2,602,3101,907
Monaco81: 4,619361
Northern Mariana Islands81: 6,735648
Taiwan81: 2,924,7831,959
Azerbaijan71: 1,353,87120,929
Qatar71: 310,57613,320
Iceland61: 54,5085,340
Oman61: 664,7164,786
Bermuda61: 10,7061,346
Georgia61: 748,41723,950
Kyrgyzstan41: 1,456,00075,381
Mongolia41: 732,825957
Pakistan41: 47,005,0008,689
Jordan41: 1,654,7927,964
Bahrain41: 308,6434,094
Kazakhstan31: 5,761,667144,472
Bolivia31: 3,342,4184,085
Ecuador31: 5,268,2677,619
Iraq31: 12,001,5173,752
El Salvador31: 2,133,7472,236
Mali31: 5,256,000810
Honduras31: 2,851,6911,879
French Polynesia31: 89,423710
Angola31: 6,394,5302,935
Egypt21: 43,491,90018,035
Guam21: 79,6791,333
Madagascar21: 10,631,7021,848
The Gambia21: 941,225568
Cuba21: 5,583,6621,753
Uzbekistan21: 15,246,40020,035
Lithuania21: 1,469,71611,736
Brunei21: 196,5811,151
Laos21: 3,346,650900
Saint Kitts and Nevis21: 27,500415
Democratic Republic of The Congo21: 34,680,0004,413
Romania21: 9,971,32128,083
Morocco21: 16,675,15028,232
Guinea11: 10,628,972692
Paraguay11: 6,783,3745,924
Papua New Guinea11: 7,398,5004,999
Palau11: 20,901215
Macau11: 614,5001,572
New Caledonia11: 258,9582,724
Cook Islands11: 14,974353
Nepal11: 26,494,5043,275
Malawi11: 16,829,0006,688
Mozambique11: 23,700,7155,916
Fiji11: 858,0383,350
Hungary11: 9,879,00020,172
Togo11: 6,993,0004,435
Botswana11: 2,024,9048,181
Estonia11: 1,315,81911,486
Seychelles11: 90,945971
Bhutan11: 750,670717
Rwanda11: 10,537,2224,171
Swaziland11: 1,268,0001,179
Sri Lanka11: 20,277,59713,972
Solomon Islands11: 581,344624
Cambodia11: 15,184,1164,249
Cameroon11: 20,386,79915,705
Samoa11: 187,820591
Latvia11: 1,996,50016,073
Moldova11: 3,557,60090,903
Tonga11: 103,036472
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
Ireland1,6281: 2,721511
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
England37,0421: 65864
Wales5,1991: 30234
Scotland1,1981: 3,125528
Jersey361: 1,441227
Guernsey291: 1,126198
Isle of Man121: 4,522462
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
United States45,2061: 1,11194
PlaceIncidenceFrequencyRank in Area
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Ellis Surname Meaning

Descriptive Writing for introductory reference

In the whole range of family nomenclature there is perhaps no name which admits of more variety of origin, or a greater number of differing forms. "Elies or Ellis in British," says Hals, in D. Gilbert's Cornwall, iii. 429, "is ason-inlaw by the wife, and Els or Ells, a son-inlaw by the husband. Ella or AElla is a well-known regal name of Anglo-Saxon times, and its genitive form would in later days become Ellis. From these two sources some of our very numerous families may have sprung, but there is little doubt that the surname Ellis has for the most part been formed from the scripture name Elias, which does not occur as an Anglo-Saxon name, but which was in use in France as early as the days of Charlemagne, as a baptismal designation, and afterwards gave name to several families of Elie. Elias, though uncommon now as a Christian name, was not so in the early Norman reigns, and indeed it had become hereditary at the time of the Norman Conq., in the form of Alis. William Alis, mentioned in Domesd. and by Orderious Vitalis, was progenitor of the Ellises of Kiddal, co. York, and Stoneacre, co. Kent, from whom sprang Sir Archibald Ellys, a crusader temp. Richard I., who is said to have originated the cross and crescents so common to the Ellis coat-armour. Ellis in later times, both in Wales and England, became a common personal name, and consequently there are in both countries many families of distinct origin. See ' Notices of the Ellises,' Lond. 1857. and Peds. of Ellis and Fitz-Ellis in ' Topographer and Genealogist, ' vol. iii. The principal forms of this name in the H.R. are Eleys, Elice, Elies, Elis, Elys; and other proven variations are Alis, Halis, Elias, Helias, Ellys, Elles, Hellis, Hellys, Hilles, Helles, Hollys, Holys, Holies, lies, Ilys, Eyles, and Eales. Of course several of these forms are etymologically traceable to other and very different sources. Ellison, Alison, and Fitz-Ellis are also well-known surnames. Inf. W. S. Ellis, Esq.

Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower

This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Ellis'; Old English Elis or Elys (Elias). Ellison may originate from the English form—thus Elis, Elis-son; or from the Old French form, thus Elie, Elie-son. Instances of both are given below, but the Hundred Rolls abound with the name in all counties. This name was wonderfully popularized throughout Western Europe by the Crusaders.'

Elis Kneyt, Buckinghamshire, 1273. Hundred Rolls.

Henry fil. Elis, Cumberland, ibid.

Agnes uxor Elys, Cambridgeshire, ibid.

Simon fil. Elys, Bedfordshire, ibid.Stolen from Fore-bears

Nicholas fil. Elye, Cambridgeshire, ibid.

Roger fil. Elye, Salop, ibid.

Robert Elleson, 1379: Poll Tax of Yorkshire.

Adam Elisson, 1379: ibid.

Stephanus Elisson, smyth, 1379: ibid.

Alicia Elys, wyf, 1379: ibid.

Elys Burton, 1379: ibid.

In some cases, no doubt, Ellison is Elen-son.

Johannes Elynson, 1379: Poll Tax of Yorkshire.

Johannes Elynson, 1379: ibid.

Alicia serviens Elene, 1379: ibid.

Elena Mott, 1379: ibid.

Elene was wonderfully popular at the period. Elynson, of necessity, would become Ellison. The diminutives of the two names underwent the same confusion (v. Elliot and Eliot). I may add that Ellis was still a familiar font-name in the 16th century:

Ellis Pigot, Didsbury, Manchester, 1597: Wills at Chester.

Ellis Pollard, Great Harwood, 1587: ibid.

1548. Ellis Pollard and Johanna Chapman: Marriage Lic. (London).

A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames, written: 1872-1896 by Charles Wareing Endell Bardsley

From Elias, which see, a favorite personal name in the Middle Ages, through Old English Elis or Elys. The "name was wonderfully popularized throughout western Europe by the Crusaders" (Bardsley). John Heles was burgess of Dundee in 1482 (RAA., II, 213). David Elleis was "keypar of the parroche kirk" of Aberdeen in 1565 (CRA., p. 360), and John Elleiss appears there in 1522 (ibid., p. 104). Richard Eleis rendered to Exchequer the accounts of the bailies of the burgh of Jedburgh in 1563 (ER., XIX, p. 223), and David Elies was appointed "to teche and leir ony barnis abon sax yeris" in Stirling in 1557 (SBR., p. 71). Andrew Elleis, notary in Kirkwall, 1634 (OSR., I, p. 279), and Alexander Elleis had a charter of lands in Newington in 1639 (BOEC., X, p. 212). Alexander Ealis is recorded in Melrose, 1641, and George Elleis in Darnick, 1662 (RRM., I, p. 87; 11, II. 3). Patrick AEles was cordiner in Edinburgh, 1648 (Edinb. Marr,), Magister John Eleis of Eleistoune was heir in lands in the lordship of Kilpount, 1686 (Retours, Lanark, 261), Andrew Elliss appears in Regorton, 1719 (Dunkeld), and Bessie Ellies in Caimwheep, 1738 (Moray). The wife of James Anderson, author of the Diplomatum Seotiae Thesaurus, was an Ellies of Elieston or Ellistoune, West Lothian, a family said to be of English origin (Stodart). Aleis, Ales, and Aless are given in index to ROA. as forms of Ellis. Eilleis 1677, Eleiss 1685, Eles 1606, Elies 1670.

The Surnames of Scotland (1946) by George Fraser Black (1866-1948)

Ellis. —Fairly well distributed over England and Wales, excepting in the four northern counties, where its place may be taken by Elliott. It is represented in Wilts and Lancashire by Ellison. It is at present most numerous in Devon, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Kent, and the West Riding.

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain (1890) by Henry Brougham Guppy

Contracted from Elias.

An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names (1857) by William Arthur

Ellis Surname Variants & Similar Names

Ellis Variants

SurnameSimilarityIncidencePrevalency
Hellis91288/
Ellison8366196/

Similiar Surnames

SurnameSimilarityIncidencePrevalency
Elliss91648/
Ellise9164/
Ellias911468/
Ellies91527/
Eallis912/
Eillis9136/
Ellios917/
Ellisy91718/
Ellisa91127/
Yellis9159/
Ellius9146/
Aellis9122/
Elliis9111/
Elliso9111/
Elleis914/
Eellis914/
Ellisi913/
Elliws912/
Eullis911/
Elluis911/
Ellisw91--
Ells892528/
Elis899890/
Elliase83--
Ellissy836/
Elliyas8374/
Ellisse8354/
Ellious8332/
Ellisya8325/
Ellisah8318/
Elleisy8316/
Whellis8311/
Ellissa838/
Elleisi836/
Ellowis834/
Eulliss833/
Ellaisy834/
Yellisi833/
Eillies832/
Ewillis831/
Elliasa831/
Elliaus831/
Elliose831/
Ellisii831/
Ellisou831/
Elloise831/
Yellies831/
Ellaise83--
Elias80624036/
Ollis802809/
Elles803673/
Allis802913/
Ellse80476/
Eliss80141/
Elwis80170/
Yells80116/
Ellus809/
Eells801690/
Elies801089/
Ealls80--
Eills8049/
Ellas80372/
Elise8087/
Eleis801/
Eylis80--
Elisa8037912/
Elius805915/
Yelis80504/
Ehlis80431/
Illis80245/
Elisi80207/
Eulis80146/
Ellys80141/
Elios80108/
Uells8069/
Eliis8065/
Elyis8054/
Eliso8040/
Eulls8038/
Aelis8027/
Ellos8020/
Ullis8011/
Eelis8011/
Elliz809/
Elisu807/
Eliys806/
Eilis801/
Eluis805/
Eolis805/
Ealis804/
Ellsa803/
Ellsi803/
Elhis801/
Elisy801/
Ewlls801/
Uelis801/
Ellsy80--
Ehlls80--
Elleissy77723/
Ellouise777/
Ellaissi775/
Elliseau772/
Ellisyah772/
Elliyaas771/
Els7545441/
Ellice73279/
Allies732398/
Alliss73298/
Ellsey7378/
Elless7378/
Elwiss7326/
Ealles731/
Whells732/
Eilles7312/
Ewells7325/
Illius7367/
Allias73819/
Allise7339/
Olliss731/
Whelis732/
Ehleis73--
Ollise731/
Elisea731038/
Alleis73--
Eliseu739287/
Eliasi737803/
Eliyas732174/
Elisei735131/
Eloisa734007/
Eliseo733654/
Elloso732839/
Elisee73774/
Illias73846/
Yelles732019/
Elisah731313/
Eliasa731126/
Eliosa731004/
Illies73972/
Eliasu73727/
Elleso73453/
Euliss73282/
Elisey73268/
Ealias73254/
Aellos73234/
Elisii73229/
Elliza73225/
Elissa73107/
Elaisa73185/
Ellyas73172/
Alluis73141/
El-Isa73124/
Eliasy73114/
Ellysa73102/
Eliass73110/
Uillis7387/
Ullius7384/
Eloise732/
Elisya7370/
Allisa7368/
Eluisa7365/
Eliesa7364/
Elisci7351/
Ollies7350/
Yelias7345/
Eljisa7338/
Olliso7336/
Oeleis7335/
Oelius7335/
Yelisa7327/
Ellsay7325/
Uollis7323/
Yullis7323/
Yelisi7323/
Eleuis7319/
Elious7319/
Aelias7319/
Ehlies7317/
Ellzie7316/
Elisse7315/
Yealis7315/
Yuells7315/
Yelius7313/
Eliase7313/
Eliese7313/
Eliaas7312/
Owells7312/
Ullisi7311/
Eliyus7311/
Yollis7310/
Eliswa7310/
Eliias739/
Ellese739/
Ellyes738/
Ellyus738/
Eliyes738/
Oullis738/
Eiilis737/
Ealisi737/
Euells737/
Illios736/
Ellasi736/
Yellas736/
Eliaso735/
Eliusa735/
Eleias735/
Ellyse735/
Elisaa734/
Elaise734/
Alliso734/
Aullis734/
Allios733/
Elwisa733/
Elewis733/
Elieas733/
Elisie733/
Eilias733/
Illisi733/
Yelise732/
Yoelis732/
Ewalls732/
Eilisa732/
Elisay732/
Ellsie732/
Elouis732/
Illiss733/
Ollias731/
Olluis731/
Illisa731/
Eaalis731/
Ealisa731/
Eallas731/
Ealwis731/
Elaisi731/
Elaius731/
Eleiss731/
Eiliis731/
Eilios731/
Eliays731/
Eliess731/
Elisce731/
Elisja731/
Elisso731/
Eliuas731/
Eelisa731/
Eelles731/
Eellus731/
Ewills731/
Eylias731/
Ellass731/
Ellesy731/
Elleus731/
Ellizy731/
Ellsee731/
Ellseo731/
Elluzi731/
Eloisy731/
Eloyis731/
Eluias731/
Elwise731/
Eolisa731/
Eolles731/
Awells731/
Aallis731/
Aillis731/
Aielis731/
Yelihs731/
Yellys731/
Ullise731/
Uelius731/
Ealies73--
Ehlias73--
Eulius73--
Eyelis73--
Eyleis73--
Elluss73--
Ellows73--
Eillas73--
Ellays73--
Ellesa73--
Aollis73--
Eilwis73--
Eleise73--
Ioelis73--
Yallis73--
Eualls73--
Ellissawy711/

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Footnotes

    • Description: Descriptions are largely reproduced from 3rd party sources; diligence is advised on accepting their validity
    • Incidence: The approximate number of people in a given area who bear the surname
    • Frequency: The percentage of people in a given area that bear the surname
    • Rank: Surnames are ranked by incidence using the dense ranking method; the surname that occurs the most is assigned a rank of 1; surnames that occur less frequently receive an incremented rank; if two or more surnames occur the same number of times they are assigned the same rank and preceding rank is incremented by 1
    • Variants: Surnames listed in the 'Ellis Variants' section are variant forms of the same root surname according to either sources listed on the page or Forebears
    • Similar: Surnames listed in the 'Similar Surnames' section are phonetically similar and may not have any relation to Ellis