Origins of Name:
The surname of Elliot can be found within the Old English culture. The ultimate derivations of the surname of Elliot stem from the Old English words of “Aelelyoo” and “Aeoelgeat.” Both of these words can mean “noble combat” or “noble great,” and are comprised of the elements “aoel” which can be translated to mean “noble” and “gyo” which can be translated to mean “battle” or the second element of “gait” which can be translated to mean “goat.” Another possible origin of the surname of Elliot is that it was derived from the Old Gaelic personal given names of “Elleach,” “Elloch,” and “Eloth.” All of these personal given names can be translated to refer to “a mound on the bank of a river,” meaning that this is a topographical translation of the surname. A topographical surname was given to someone who lived on or near a prominent structure within the area from which the person hailed. This means that everyone within this area could distinguish the man-made or natural structure that was being used to describe a person.
More common variations are: Elliotte, Elleiott, Eilliot; Yelliott, Eilliott, Eilioitt, Eelliott, Elliotta, Elliotty, Elliot, Eliott, Eliot
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Elliot can be found in the country of England. One person by the name of Boydin Ailot was mentioned in the Hundred Rolls of the County of Cambridgeshire in the year of 1279. This document was ordered, written, and decreed under the reign of one King Edward I of England, who was commonly known throughout the ages as one “Edward Longshanks,” and “The Hammer of the Scots.” He was such named for the constant battles, wars, and conquests that he was pushing onto the Scottish people of the time. King Edward I of England ruled from the year 1272 to the year 1307. Other mentions of the surname of Elliot in the country of England include Alice Aylett, who was mentioned as being baptized at St. Peter’s, Paul’s Wharf, which is located in London, in the year of 1648, while one Walter Ellit was named as leaving the country aboard as ship to the West Indies, in the year 1635. Those who bear the surname of Elliot in the country of England can be found in high concentrations in the areas of Northumberland, Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Durham counties.
The country of Scotland has a sizeable population of people who bear the surname of Elliot. The areas that are said to have the largest population of people who are known by the surname of Elliot can be found within the counties in the southern part of the country, especially the specific county of Lanarkshire.
United States of America:
Within the United States, there are many people who carry the surname of Elliot. This surname was brought to the United States during the European Migration, which was a movement of people from Europe to the United States in the 17th Century. The areas with the largest population of people who bear the surname of Elliot can be found in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, New York, and within the state of Pennsylvania.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Elliot: United States 152,366; England 39,751; Canada 20,749; Australia 18,466; South Africa 11,397; Nigeria 3,668; New Zealand 3,008; Jamaica 2,945; Scotland 2,861; Northern Ireland 2,516
Elisabeth Elliot (1926-2016) who was a Christian author and speaker from the United States of America
Lawrence Lee Elliot (born in 1938) who is a former outfielder who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) and was from the United States of
Peter Elliot (born in 1966) who is a writer, media personality, and editor from America
Alonzo Elliot (1891-1964) who was a composer and songwriter from the United States of America
Andrew Elliot (1728-1797) who was an Acting Colonial Governor of the Province of New York in the year of 1783 and was from the United States of America
James Ludlow Elliot (1943-2011) who was an astronomer and scientist from the United States of America
Biff Elliot (born in 1923) who was an actor from the United States of America
John Elliot (1914-1972) who was a songwriter from the United States of America
Win Elliot (1915-1998) who was a TV and radio sportscaster from the United States of America, also served as a game show host
Daniel Giraud Elliot (1835-1915) who was a zoologist from the United States of America