The Scottish surname Ellison, also found in England is of patronymic origin being derived from the medieval personal name Elis, a vernacular form of Elijah. The name Ellison is first recorded in Scotland in 1296 when Rogier Elyssone, of Berwickshire, is registered in the "Calendar of Documents relating to Scotland." The name is first recorded in the New World in 1623 when John Ellison and his wife Ellin arrived in Virginia. Today there are approximately 42,000 bearers of the name Ellison living in the US.
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