Ellis Name Meaning & Origin
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).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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Be prepared for people to hear "Alice" or for people to assume that it's a boy's name
My sister had people calling her, 'Ellie', 'Emily' and 'Elise' when she was a lot younger because the name wasn't that popular
Ellis and Liesl are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.
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My sister was called Ellis Beth, so when people said her name quick enough it would sound like Elizabeth which was our nan's name.
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'Ellis' is the Westernized version of the Hebrew name 'Elias' or 'Elijah'. 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'.
- Famous real-life people named Ellis
Ellis Baker an American theatre actress.
- Ellis in song, story & screen
Ellis Island was a gateway of hope and promise for millions of USA immigrants.
Ellis Grey, the name of Dr. Meredith Grey's late mother on the show "Grey's Anatomy"
Ellis Shepherd, the name of Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd's second daugher on the show "Grey's Anatomy"