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Subject: Re: Ellesmere???
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: June 13, 2008 at 3:28:25 PM
Reply to: Ellesmere??? by walterkelly724
This is an English surname and place name. The place in England is in Shropshire, and according to A Dictionary of English Place-names by A. D. Mills is goes back to Old English words that meant "Lake or pool of a man called Elli."

Ellesmere is probably best known today, though, because it's the name of a large island in the Canadian Arctic:

http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com/index.cfm?PgNm=TCE&Params=A1ARTA0002578

I haven't run across Ellesmere yet as a given name, but it wouldn't surprise me for either gender.

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