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Ellis Surname Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Elis an Old French vernacular form of Elias the Latin and New Testament Greek form of Hebrew Eliyahu; see Elijah and compare Elias Lias Ely . This surname is also common among African Americans. English: possibly in some instances from the Middle English female personal name Elice a pet form of Elizabeth . Welsh: from Elis a shortened form of the Welsh personal name Elisse (earlier Elisedd a derivative of elus ‘kindly benevolent’). As usual in Welsh the stress in Elisse is on the penultimate syllable -li- which shifts to initial El- when the name is shortened to Elis. It later became confused with Ellis in 1 above. Americanized form of some original Jewish (Ashkenazic) surname (most likely based on Yiddish form of the Biblical personal name Elijah).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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 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.
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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 Canada 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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
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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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