Meaning and Origin of: Ely

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Hebrew : High

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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.