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Ellis Family History

Ellis Name Meaning

English and Welsh: from the medieval personal name Elis, a vernacular form of Elijah (see Elias). In Wales this surname absorbed forms derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly’, ‘benevolent’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Allis, Mellis, Bellis, Bellin, Valis, Elles, Kellis, Tillis, Wells

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Where is the Ellis family from?

You can see how Ellis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ellis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ellis families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 2,149 Ellis families living in Ontario. This was about 55% of all the recorded Ellis's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Ellis families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ellis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ellis ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Ellis. 32% of Ellis men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Ellis women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ellis were Clerk and Clerk.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    32%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Ellis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ellis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 145,000 immigration records available for the last name Ellis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 226,000 military records available for the last name Ellis. For the veterans among your Ellis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ellis lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ellis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Ellis in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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