Tallis Name Meaning & Origin
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A unisex surname-turned-name.
A Tallis/Tallit is the fringed shawl worn by Jewish men during their morning prayers. It literally means "cover" in Hebrew.
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My son, born in 2001, is named Tallis. This was my grandfather's name. My grandfather was born in Ireland. His family came to Ireland (*before* Cromwell :)) and married into the Tallis family of Dingle. Since then, many males in our family have been named Tallis, initially to indicate that tie to a more historic family. I knew of no people named Tallis outside my family until my son was born. Since then, we have met several and they do not appear to be related in any way. In fact, I met a young boy whose name was Tallis less than a week after my son was born.
My wife liked the name for it's etymology, a French reference to a grove of trees which she felt could refer to areas which would have been sacred to the Druids, the ancient people in that area. A Gaelic reference to peacefulness.
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Surname of the 16th-century English composer Thomas Tallis
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