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The ELLIS surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 181,934 121 0.067 674
United States (1880 census) 45,193 93 0.090 904
Change since 1880 +136741 -28 -0.023 -230
Other Countries
Australia 11,363 91 0.070 695
United Kingdom 55,352 73 0.121 1,205
Top States for ELLIS by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 14,735 146 0.071 707
California 13,052 214 0.039 385
Florida 11,406 120 0.071 714
North Carolina 8,525 86 0.106 1,059
Georgia 7,720 104 0.094 943
Top States for ELLIS by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Mississippi 3,883 85 0.137 1,365
Maine 1,622 92 0.127 1,272
Tennessee 6,902 85 0.121 1,213
Oklahoma 3,856 80 0.112 1,117
Alabama 4,817 110 0.108 1,083


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called ELLIS live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called ELLIS represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called ELLIS in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a ELLIS by picking someone at random in Mississippi than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of ELLIS

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Wales

Language of origin: Welsh

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the ELLIS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the ELLIS surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of ELLIS in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 801 0.44
White (Caucasian) 132,484 72.82
Black/African American 41,117 22.6
White (Hispanic) 3,329 1.83
Mixed Race 2,984 1.64
Native American/Alaskan 1,201 0.66

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the ELLIS surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of ELLIS in historical publications

ELLIS. In the whole ranoe of family nomenclature there is perhaps no name which admits of more variety of origin, or a greater number of differing forms, " Elles or Ellis in British," says Hals, in D. Gilbert's Cornwall, iii. ■129, "is ason-inlaw by the wife, and Els or Ells, a son-inlaw by the husband, Ella or J211a is a wellknown regal name of A-Sax, times, and its genitive form would in later days become Ellis. From these two sources some of our very numerous families may have sprung, but there is little doubt that the surname

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to ELLIS

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ELLIS.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for ELLIS

The following words are slight variants of ELLIS that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.