Ellis Family History

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Ellis Name Meaning

English and Welsh: from the medieval personal name Elis, a vernacular form of Elijah (see Elias). In Wales this surname absorbed forms derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly’, ‘benevolent’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Allis, Mellis, Bellis, Bellin, Valis, Elles, Kellis, Tillis, Wells

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Ellis Family Origin

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Ellis Family Occupations

What did your Ellis ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Ellis occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Ellis's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ellis. A less common occupation for the Ellis family was Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ellis ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ellis Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Ellis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ellis census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 145,000 immigration records available for the last name Ellis. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 226,000 military records available for the last name Ellis. For the veterans among your Ellis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ellis Life Expectancy

What is the average Ellis lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ellis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Ellis in 1940 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ellis

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ellis ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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