Meaning and Origin of: Ely

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : High

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from the cathedral city on an island in the fens north of Cambridge. It is so named from Old English ǣl ‘eel’ + ‘district’.
  • Probably also an Americanized form of German Eley.
  • Nathaniel Ely was one of the founders of Hartford, CT, (coming from Cambridge, MA, with Thomas Hooker) in 1635.