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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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