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"ELLIS. From EUAS, q.v., a favorite personal name in the Middle Ages, through Old English (Anglo-Saxon) Elis or Elys. The "name was wonderfully popularized throughout western Europe by the Crusaders" (Bardsley). John Heles was burgess of Dundee in 1482 (RAA., n, 213). David Elleis was keypar of the parroche kirk of Aberdeen in 1565 (CRA., p. 360), and John Elleiss appears there in 1522 (ibid., p. 104). Richard Eleis rendered to Exchequer the accounts of the bailies of the burgh of Jedburgh in 1563 (ER., xix, p. 223), and David Elles was appointed "to teche and leir ony barnis abon sax yeris" in Stirling in 1557 (SBR., p. 71). Andrew Elleis, notary in Kirkwall, 1634 (OSR., i, p. 279), and Alexander Elleis had a charter of lands in Newington in 1639 (BOEC., x, p. 212). Alexander Ealis is recorded in Melrose, 1641, and George Elleis in Darnick, 1662 (RRM., i, p. 87; n, p. 3). Patrick ^Eles was cordiner in Edinburgh, 1648 (Edinb. Marr.), Magister John Eleis of Eleistoune was heir in lands in the lordship of Kilpount, 1686 (Ret ours, Lanark, 261), Andrew Elliss appears in Regorton, 1719 (Dunkeld), and Bessie Ellies in Cairnwheep, 1738 (Moray). The wife of James Anderson, author of the Diplomatum Scotiae Thesaurus, was an Ellies of Elieston or Ellistoune, West Lothian, a family said to be of English origin (Stodart). Aleis, Ales, and Aless are given in index to ROA. as forms of Ellis. Eilleis 1677, Eleiss 1685, Eles 1606, Elies 1670. "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Wikipedia James Albert Ellis (June 1, 1864 ? December 27, 1934) was mayor of Ottawa, Canada, from 1904 to 1906 and in 1913.
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