Elis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The history of the name Elis begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Ellis. which "has for the most part been formed from the scripture name Elias, which does not occur as an Anglo-Saxon name, but which was in use in France as early as the days of Charlemagne, as a baptismal designation, and after wards gave to several families." 
Early Origins of the Elis family
The surname Elis was first found in Yorkshire where the first record of the name was "William Alis, mentioned in the Domesday Book as the progenitor of the Ellises of Kiddal, county York, and Stoneacre, county Kent, from whom sprang Sir Archibald Ellys, a crusader who is said to have originated the cross and crescents so common to the Ellis coat-armour."  Continuing the search through early records, we found Willelmus filius Helis listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of Somerset in 1212, William Elyas in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1200, William Elis in the Pipe Rolls of Lancashire in 1202 and Andrew Elice in the Subsidy Rolls of Bedfordshire in 1309.  The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had numerous entries including: Henry filius Elis in Cambridgeshire; Agnes uxor Elys in Cambridgeshire; Simon filius Elys in Bedfordshire; Nicholas filius Elye in Cambridgeshire and Roger filius Elye in Shropshire. 
Important Dates for the Elis family
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Elis Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Elis has been recorded under many different variations, including Ellis, Elliss, Ellys, Elis, Eliss, Elliason and many more.
Early Notables of the Elis family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Sir Henry Elys of Yorkshire; Thomas Ellis, mayor of Norwich from 1460 to 1474; Sir Francis Ellis, an administrator of the English East India Company, and President of Bengal in 1693; John Ellis (1598-1665), a Welsh Anglican clergyman and religious writer, born at Gwylan, Maentwrog, Merionethshire; Humphrey Ellis, D.D. (d. 1676), English Catholic divine; Sir William Ellis (1609-1680), an English...
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Migration of the Elis family to Ireland
Some of the Elis family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Elis migration to the United States
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Elis or a variant listed above:
Typical Elis Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Elis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John George Elis, who settled in Philadelphia in 1836
- Cenek Elis, who settled in Nebraska in 1892
- Moses Elis, who landed in Mississippi in 1899 
Elis migration to Canada
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Elis Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Elis, who settled in Ontario in 1861
Contemporary Notables of the name Elis (post 1700)
- Elis Sandin (1901-1987), Swedish cross country skier who competed in the 1924 Winter Olympics
- Elis Jouard (b. 1851), American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in La Rochelle, 1919-24 
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