Ellis Name Meaning & Origin

Ellis

Pronunciation: EH-lis (key)

Origin of the name Ellis:

Transferred use of the surname originating from the personal name Elis, a Middle English variant of Elisha (God is salvation).

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Comments and insights on the name Ellis: | Edit

'Ellis' is the Westernized version of the Hebrew name 'Elias' or 'Elijah'. It is sometimes attributed to the Hellenic name 'Helios'. The name 'Ellis' is also a dental Anglicization of the Amharic/Tigrinyan surname 'Ellos'; popular to the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia. In either Hebrew or the Afro-Semitic form, it translates as 'for life' or 'for God'. In Greek, it (Helios) would mean 'the light of God' (sun).

Ellis and Liesl are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name Ellis: | Edit

We choose Ellis for our son based mainly on the fact that it was the name of his great and great-great grandfathers, and that another grandfather came to America through Ellis Island as a child. We also liked that it doesn't have a great many associations, but the few it does have are literary and creative (the masculine pen name of Emily Bronte, the writer Ellis Close, the musician Ellis Marsalis), and that it transcends racial and cultural boundries.

Nicknames for Ellis: | Edit

El, Elias, Elijah, Elis, Elliss, Ellos, Helios

Meanings and history of the name Ellis: | Edit

'Ellis' is the Westernized version of the Hebrew name 'Elias' or 'Elijah'. It is sometimes attributed to the Hellenic name 'Helios'. The name 'Ellis' is also a dental Anglicization of the Amharic/Tigrinyan surname 'Ellos'; popular to the people of Eritrea and Ethiopia. In either Hebrew or the Afro-Semitic form, it translates as 'for life' or 'for God'. In Greek, it (Helios) would mean 'the light of God' (sun).

Famous real-life people named Ellis: | Edit

Ellis Humphrey Evans or "Hedd Wyn" was a Welsh-language poet who was killed on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele during World War I. He was posthumously awarded the bard's chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod.
Ellis Marsalis
Ellis Close
Ellis Miner, physicist and planetary scientist who worked on missions to 8 planets and has written several books
Ellis Burks
Chris Ellis, character actor

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British writer and poet Emily Bronte chose Ellis Bell as her pen name when she wrote her only novel, "Wuthering Heights", published in 1847.

Ellis Carver, police officer on The Wire (usually went by Carver)

Ellis, a 23-year-old mechanic in "Left 4 Dead 2"

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