Ellison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Ellison family

The surname Ellison was first found in Durham where the "surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Ellis'; Old English Elis or Elys (Elias). Ellison may originate from the English form-thus Elis, Elis-son; or from the Old French form, thus Elie, Elie-son. This name was wonderfully popularized throughout Western Europe by the Crusaders." [1]

In the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273, the shortened root form of the name was predominantly found: Elis Kneyt, Buckinghamshire; Henry filius Elis, Cumberland; Agnes uxor Elys, Cambridgeshire; Simon filius Elys, Bedfordshire; Nicholas filius Elye, Cambridgeshire; and Roger filius Elye, Salop. [1]

While over one hundred years later, the extended form of the name was more typical in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Robert Elleson; Adam Elisson; Stephanus Elisson, smyth; Alicia Elys, wyf; Elys Burton; Johannes Elynson; and Johannes Elynson. [1]

Further to the north in Scotland, Rogier Elyssone of Berwickshire was the first recorded. He rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. Later, William Elysson, Scots prisoner of war was released from Newgate prison in 1375 and John Elison had safe conduct into England in 1424. [2]

Early History of the Ellison family

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Ellison Spelling Variations

The name Ellison, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Ellison, Ellerson, Elleson, Elyson, Elison and many more.

Early Notables of the Ellison family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Robert Ellison (1614-1678), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1647 and...
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Ellison World Ranking

In the United States, the name Ellison is the 664th most popular surname with an estimated 44,766 people with that name. [3] However, in New Zealand, the name Ellison is ranked the 928th most popular surname with an estimated 802 people with that name. [4] And in the United Kingdom, the name Ellison is the 809th popular surname with an estimated 8,349 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Ellison family to Ireland

Some of the Ellison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Ellison migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Ellison family, or who bore a variation of the surname Ellison were

Ellison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John and Ellin Ellison, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • George Ellison who settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Ellin Ellison, who arrived in Virginia in 1624-1625 [6]
  • William Ellison, who landed in Virginia in 1624 [6]
  • Jonath Ellison, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ellison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Charles Ellison, who arrived in Virginia in 1701-1702 [6]
  • Joseph Ellison, who arrived in Long Island in 1720 [6]
  • A Ellison, who arrived in New England in 1771 [6]
  • Abraham Ellison, who landed in New England in 1772 [6]
  • Abraham Ellison, who arrived in New England in 1772
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Ellison Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Tylee Ellison, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [6]
  • Christopher Ellison, who landed in New York in 1832 [6]
  • B Ellison, aged 40, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1840 [6]
  • Henry, Andrew, George, James, John, Martha Ellison all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1850
  • C Ellison, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Ellison migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ellison Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Geo. Ludowick Ellison, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Abraham Ellison U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [7]
  • Mr. Jacob Ellison U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [7]
  • Mr. Joseph Ellison U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, New Brunswick c. 1784 [7]
  • Mr. Joseph Ellison U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Ellison migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Ellison Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • W. Ellison, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1849 [8]
  • Daniel Ellison, aged 41, a carpenter, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie" [9]
  • James Ellison, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"
  • William Ellison, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Mr. Melville Ellison, British convict who was convicted in Isle of Man for 10 years, transported aboard the "Edwin Fox" on 24th August 1858, arriving in Western Australia, Australia

New Zealand Ellison migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Ellison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Ellison, who landed in East Coast, New Zealand in 1839
  • Elizabeth Ellison, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Empress" in 1865
  • Mr. Ellison, American settler travelling from Honolulu aboard the ship "Nebraska" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 16th November 1872 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Ellison (post 1700) +

  • Ralph Waldo Ellison (1914-1994), American writer, best known for the "Invisible Man" and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Harlan Jay Ellison (1934-2018), American writer, known for his prolific and influential work in New Wave speculative fiction
  • Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison (b. 1944), American business magnate, co-founder and chief executive officer of Oracle Corporation
  • William Henry Ellison (b. 1945), former American NFL football running back
  • Brady Ellison (b. 1988), American Olympic archer
  • Keith Maurice Ellison (b. 1963), American lawyer and politician
  • James Ellison (1910-1993), American actor
  • C. A. Ellison, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Wyoming County, 1954 [11]
  • Brooke Ellison, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 2nd District, 2006 [11]
  • Brian Durst Ellison, American politician, Representative from Michigan 5th District, 1996, 1998, 2000 [11]
  • ... (Another 61 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight TWA 800
  • Ms. Marie Louise Ellison (d. 1996), from Mount Vernon, New York, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Ellison +

  • Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South by Michael P. Johnson.
  • Arthur Ellison of Adams County, Ohio and Some of His Descendants and Relatives by Floyd Vernon Ellison.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  5. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque WILLIAM WATSON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849WilliamWatson.htm
  9. ^ South Australian Register Friday 17th November 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) James Fernie 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/jamesfernie1854.shtml
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm


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