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The name is cool but has sunk low in popularity it seems. Elvis PResley is my King!
-- goneaway  5/16/2005
Someone in my school is named Elvis. In my opining, Elvis is a very beautiful male name.
-- azngirl12  10/29/2005
Elvis Costello (born Declan) is another famous bearer.
-- Anonymous User  12/15/2005
I have read that it means "wise" or "friend to elves"! lol.
-- lindamaree  3/9/2006
Actor Anthony Perkins's son is named Elvis.
-- tigerlilly  7/28/2006
My bro's name is Kenneth Calvin Elvis, and he was named for my dad's hero Elvis Presley. This is used as a lighthearted nickname for my bro by the guys he runs around with and to them (and me also) it means 'king' because that's who everyone associates it with. My brother loves his name to the point where he loves Elvis and has tons of stuff that has 'Elvis' on it, the name not the man, though he has tons of stuff like that too.
-- poncho264  3/22/2007
'Elvis Ford' is the name of the character - a cop turned private eye - that was portrayed by the hunky actor Sean Patrick Flanery in the shortlived, extremely entertaining but sadly underestimated US TV-show "The Strip".
-- SweetSweetVindictive  4/7/2007
Was also used in Slovenia in the 70's.
-- earthnut  7/18/2007
I think I could have liked this name if I didn't associate it with Elvis Presley so much. Though I do like Elvis Presley a lot though.
-- Anonymous User  9/7/2007
Sorry, but my impression of this name is that its bearer came from white trash parents who were way too influenced by popular culture. "Elvis" has no real history or meaning besides the imagination of Mr. Presley's parents.
-- johann14  9/24/2007
This name might work for a dog or some other pet (probably only a dog, though; I say this because my grandparents tell me they once had a dog they named Elvis). But as far as humans are concerned, Elvis Presley is really the only person who ought to have this as a first name.
-- Pippin  4/10/2008
Everyone would assume you named your son after the singer, and the name will surely be associated with him for a long time to come. I have never liked names that end in -vis anyway. They actually sound quite old-fashioned. This strikes me as more of a name for a pet nowadays.
-- slight night shiver  4/22/2008
I honestly did not know that this was a real name.
-- number1212  5/15/2008
Due to Elvis Presley, this name sounds ridiculous on anyone nowadays.
-- bananarama  9/30/2008
It's really amazing to see how much the name's popularity grew during the time that he was popular! It's almost a vertical increase! :O
-- Quincy  2/19/2009
There was a saint Elvis. St Elvis was Irish and is known as 'St Elvis' of Munster, he preceded St Patrick. There is a parish in Wales called St Elvis.
-- Anton  3/9/2010
Also used in Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
-- Sofia  1/9/2011
Even though it might be used in Bosnia, it is NOT a traditional Bosnian name! I wish Bosnian Muslims would use Arabic names instead of English Christian ones.
-- bananarama  4/28/2011
The name Elvis was given to 183 baby boys born in the US in 2012.
-- Oohvintage  7/19/2013
I have a friend who actually named her son Elvis 15 years ago. Well, her husband named their son that because, yep, he's a huge Elvis fan. At first we thought they were out of their minds, not because the name is ugly, it's just so associated with Elvis Presley. No one, but no one will ever own that name except the King of Rock. It's a one-of-a-kind name for sure and Elvis pretty much copyrighted it. The name Elvis is HIM and like they say, there will never be another Elvis. For those who think it's strange, there are a lot of names that are 100 times worse. Elvis Presley was absolutely gorgeous most of his life, not too bad being named after someone that talented and good looking. lol.
-- Bajafresh  9/13/2013
I've just done some research that convinces me that the third alternative among your possibilities is the origin of this name, especially as used in the USA in the 19th and 20th centuries. Although Elvis is not really "derived from" Elwes -- they are both modern surnames which have the same origin in the medieval female given name Helwise. Figures from George Redmonds' "Christian Names in Local and Family History" show Helwise to have been used mostly in eastern England during the 1300s.

The Lieutenant of the Tower of London in King James I's reign was Gervase Helwys. Spelling was not set at this time, and his surname is spelled 12 different ways in the records -- including Elvis and Elwes. He is almost surely related to another Gervase Elwes, who was a member of Parliament in the UK in the late 1600s from Suffolk. (The actor Cary Elwes is a descendant of the second Gervase.)

In the first census of England in 1841, there are 81 people with the surname Elvis. The two oldest are William and Samuel Elvis, who lived in Woodbridge and Melton in Suffolk, towns which are only a mile apart. Suffolk is the same county Gervase Elwes represented.

Meanwhile some other Elvises had migrated to the Carolinas. There is a deed from 1784 in Horry County, SC mentioning a John Elvis. There are still people with the surname Elvis living in Horry County today.

The earliest sure example of someone with the first name Elvis I have found so far is Elvis Grisham, living in Granville County, NC in 1830 according to the US census. In the 1840 census, there are 8 heads of families with the first name Elvis, all living in or descended from parents who had lived in the Carolinas or Tennessee. The 98 Elvises in the index for the 1850 census, the first to list all Americans by name, include 3 men living in counties in northeastern Mississippi, near Tupelo where Elvis Presley was born.

So to me it's clear the derivation of Elvis is almost surely from a rare English surname that ultimately derives from Helwise. (Helwise died out in England but has since been replaced among English speakers by its modern French equivalents Heloise and Eloise.)

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-- clevelandkentevans  1/17/2014

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