What does the name Ellis mean?
Ellis is an English and Welsh surname, having been seen in documents dating back as early as the 1200s. It was a popular personal name of the medieval period and the surname Ellis derives from those who were the son or descendant of a person named Ellis, Elwys or Elias. Another, rarer hypothesised origin is from the French 'fleur-de-lys', being given to those who used the heraldic symbol in their coats of arms.
The earliest occurrence of the Ellis surname in our family history documents is from 1403, and we currently have 2,294,323 records where Ellis appears.
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Typical jobs for Ellises
Hard-working people, the Ellises. 2378 worked in domestic service, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Ellises lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Ellis in Yorkshire.
Ellises’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Ellises were angels, apparently. We found 2034 in criminal records.
Ellises in World War I
According to the World War I records, 3514 Ellises served in the First World War.