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Ellis Family History

Ellis Name Meaning
English and Welsh: from the medieval personal name Elis, a vernacular form of Elijah (see Elias). In Wales this surname absorbed forms derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly’, ‘benevolent’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Ellis Families

  • Number of Ellis families
     850 - 1,697
     284 - 849
     1 - 283
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Ellis families
     4,181 - 8,359
     1,394 - 4,180
     1 - 1,393
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Ellis families
     163 - 323
     55 - 162
     1 - 54
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Ellis Family Origin

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Ellis Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Ellis

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Ellis Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Ellis Civil War Service Records

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