Ely Family History
Ely Name Meaning
English: habitational name from Ely a cathedral city on an island in the fens north of Cambridge so named from Old English ǣl ‘eel’ + gē ‘district’. English French and Breton (Finistère): from the Middle English Old French personal name Elie Hely (Elijah in the King James Bible); see Ellis and Elias . English: variant of Healey . German: variant of Eley and in North America probably also an altered form of this.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press