The Sallis surname derived from the Middle English word "salwe," which meant a "sallow" tree, which is a kind of willow. As such, the name was most likely originally topographic, used to identify someone who lived near such trees.
for that ancient county, in the year 1254. Another early record of the name is of Robert ate Salwe, in the "Ministers Accounts of the Earldom of Cornwall" for 1297.
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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sallis include Sallis, de Sallis, Salis, de Salis, Salliss, Sallow and many more.